How Off-Grid Solar Provides Safe Shelter for Homeless
Turning Point Foundation, located in Ventura County, California, provides support and rehabilitation to individuals affected by homelessness, mental illness, and drug-use. The community-based nonprofit has provided assistance to thousands of community members, and particularly veterans, in their 30 years of service. One such project provides temporary housing to transitional residents as they complete job training, addiction counseling or other services as part of their self-rehabilitation journey.
These homes, just large enough to accommodate the life-changing essentials of a bed, a chair, and a few possessions, provide a safe haven from harsh elements and dangerous streets. After a fire resulted in the death of a resident, Turning Point realized the need to turn from potentially risky electrical wiring to a safer alternative: solar powered energy. Working with Solarflexion, Turning Point created a “microgrid” system for individual units, designed around a Morningstar SunSaver MPPT-15L solar controller. This system is able to provide each resident with enough electricity to power a fan, a lamp, and a mini-fridge, along with a sense of stability through independence from the electrical outages becoming more frequent in this part of California.
This poster will provide real-world insights into: - How to successfully design a complete off-grid solar power system that is safe, cost-efficient, and portable - How off-grid solar systems, most common in rural areas, can have a real-world impact in dense, urban areas - How to design a solar power system for safety and ease-of-installation