ISSP [2019] : Analyzing Energy Alternatives for an Orphanage in Rural Thailand

Sarnelli House lacks a reliable energy source affecting the completion of regular, everyday tasks including bathing, cooking, and studying in the evenings. The goal of this project was to perform a comparative study for Sarnelli House and recommend alternative energy options that would provide them with reliable power and lower their electricity costs. We made observations during our site visit, conducted interviews with stakeholders, and held a focus group with middle school girls to collect data. The data collected revealed that power outages are a nagging inconvenience but reducing electrical costs and educating the residents on sustainability are priorities. We determined that solar power systems provided the best options for meeting our goals. This project provides large-scale, small-scale, and educational recommendations based on the collected data and analysis that will benefit Sarnelli House the most.