Powering Brazil’s Telecom Universalization Program

Application: Telecom
Location: Brazil
Year: 2000
Product: ProStar 15 and ProStar 30
System size: 320W or 180W of solar with batteries (2,500+ sites)
Partners include: Kyocera Solar, Embratel

Morningstar deployed nearly 2,000 ProStar 15 and ProStar 30 systems to small villages through Brazilian’s Telecom Universalization Program. Phone company Embratel installed more than 2,500 solar-powered systems for public telephones. Each site includes VSAT equipment from Hughes Network Systems or Gilat Satellite Networks. The Hughes stations include four 80-W Kyocera Solar modules and four 150-Ah batteries. The Gilat stations have three 60-W Kyocera Solar modules and two batteries.  

-Photo courtesy of Kyocera Solar Do Brasil LTDA