IBESCC Case Study

Utilizing Solar Technologies to improve water and electricity quality in South Sudan

Presented by: Jacob Holland, Taylor Trinidad, Alex Zhinin & Thomas Gorglione 
Faculty Advisor: Christine Cahill, Esq., Professor of Business Administration


The people of South Sudan have experienced many issues relating to a lack of clean energy and water. Both of these are crucial elements to create sustainable communities. As of 2018, only about 28% of South Sudanese have access to electricity. One solar panel has the power to fuel a significant amount of electricity and the use of just one solar panel would go a long way in these communities. However, 26,000 tons of solar panels will end up as waste this year. With just a small amount of refitting, we can take these ‘dead’ solar panels and breathe new life into them. By converting them to be water safe, we can use them on bodies of water in impoverished communities. This will not only produce much-needed affordable electricity for these communities but will also help keep the water cleaner and limit deforestation. By addressing the issue of clean water and affordable energy, there will be far-reaching benefits. With the significant decrease in the amount of time that the average person would have usually spent retrieving clean water or doing other domestic tasks. A person can now spend that time on tasks like education or other community services. This will enable communities to rapidly develop far beyond their current scope while limiting the costs.