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Several neighborhoods in Hidalgo County, Texas finally had their solar lights installed thanks to the perseverance of LUPE leaders who presented their case in a public hearing of the Commissioners Court in support of designating funds to cover the cost of the installation in the 6 colonias. La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) was founded by César Chávez, rooted in the belief that members of the low-income community have the responsibility and the obligation to organize themselves, and through their association, begin to advocate and articulate for the issues and factors that impact their lives.
In principal, it’s simple. A solar panel converts light to electricity. During daylight, even on cloudy days, this “solar generator” (solar panel) charges long-life batteries, which store the energy until needed. Thus, the energy of the sun is harnessed to produce power. In addition to large capacity batteries and solar panels, solar outdoor lighting systems also incorporate sophisticated proprietary charge regulators, which stop the flow of solar generated electricity when the batteries are fully charged, and then resume charging when more power is needed.