MBA students research renewable energy technologies to help Peace House become energy independent
A team of MBA students in Holly Tapper’s Politics of Leadership in a Global Economy class at Globe University proposed solar and wind power to meet the future energy needs of Peace House Secondary School (PHS), a school for AIDS orphans in Tanzania.
The students researched the technology of alternative energy, investigated Tanzania’s political and regulatory environment, and studied the local topography, climate and campus layout to determine whether renewable energy sources would be viable at PHS. Their proposal suggested that wind and solar applications could provide enough energy to support PHS, with some left over to sell to local users.
Dan Grewe of Peace House commended on the students’ work. “The Globe University students have gained practical insight into the situation on the ground in Tanzania,” he said. “This has allowed them to propose realistic, sustainable projects that have the potential for long-term impact on Peace House students, who can in turn share this knowledge and experience with their home communities.”
The majority of Tanzania’s non-commercial energy comes from biomass sources such as wood and charcoal. The heavy reliance on biomass, particularly in non-electrified rural areas, has resulted in extensive deforestation. Diversification is also needed in commercial sources, as rationing sometimes occurs due to shortages or outages with hydroelectric, petroleum and coal.