United Solar Initiative Travels to Nicaragua

An experienced executive, Markus Wilhelm brings more than two decades of experience to his current position as the CEO of Strata Solar LLC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to his efforts with Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm works with the nonprofit solar energy organization United Solar Initiative.

Founded in 2013, United Solar Initiative works to provide solar energy systems to areas that have limited access to electricity or rely on dangerous kerosene lamps. Over the past two years, the organization has provided solar panels to several organizations in and around Managua, Nicaragua.

In one recent project, volunteers from United Solar Initiative traveled to the Nicaraguan city of Matagalpa to install solar panels in schools located in the mountains. The volunteers teamed with a local Nicaraguan solar energy company, Suni Solar, to complete the project. Prior to the installation of the panels, the schools relied on kerosene lamps, which are expensive and unsafe. With the energy provided by the new solar panels, the schools are able to stay open at night for adult education and community events.

USI Solar Projects in Nicaragua

Markus Wilhelm has spent nearly seven years as the chief executive officer of Strata Solar, LLC. Markus Wilhelm works with a number of additional groups and organizations within the solar energy industry, including the United Solar Initiative.

In the past, members of United Solar Initiative (USI), Inc., have provided solar power to in-need communities all over the world. One of the organization’s most recent projects involved two volunteers visiting Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and installing solar panels at the Mina Verde 2 and San Antonio de Upa schools.

Both installations required the volunteers to travel several miles outside of the city, navigating a mountainous landscape. The USI solar panels were installed at both locations for the purpose of powering light bulbs during night classes. The schools had previously relied on costly, inefficient methods of lighting, including kerosene-fueled lanterns. The project was made possible not only by USI volunteers but through the help of Suni Solar, a Nicaraguan-based solar energy provider.