Plan for Kakamega County in Western Kenya
One of the tenants of the N3 Global Solutions organization is to introduce a type of sustainable lifestyle that uses renewable energy, promotes healthy living and emphasizes education. In order to facilitate this type of program, N3 has developed a plan that is broken down into four phases. The phases cover everything from the initial analysis and feasibility studies, to the test and evaluation of integrated solutions, to the development of assembly facilities in country, hiring and training the workers, and then to the initial deployments.
Phase 1 - Kakamega County
A complete geographic study has to be compiled for the use of solar and wind power. The rain forest in the county has a much different sun quotient than the drier climes. Wind patterns vary across the area as well. Water studies must be completed to determine the feasibility of using ground or surface water as compared to drilling bore holes for deeper wells. We have to work with the people and previous water programs to help provide solutions to the health problems that are spread by water based pathogens. Water samples must be taken to make sure the purification process matches the problem.
As the information in Kenya is being compiled, it will also be sent to N3 fabricator who will be designing and integrating the power and water systems for the first deployments. Also during this phase, the communications infrastructure must be evaluated and meetings with the recommended carriers must be carried out. A basic plan must be drawn up with the local villages involved to expand the cell networks where necessary and set up to train the trainers on how to build small micro-businesses based on cell expansion and services. The Phase 1 planning is not to design and plan out the entire project – only the initial rollout of the First Village that should be started within 90 days of the study.
Phase 2 – The design and fabrication
Once the studies have been compiled the N3 engineers in the US will be able to design and fabricate the appropriate equipment for the region. All "first articles" will be built in the US and shipped in to the country. This will be what is referred to as the "First Village". All systems will be fabricated, integrated and fully tested before being packed into containers and shipped to the nearest port of call. This will only be the process for the First Village. Gradually, all product s will be assembled in country, then, as the training spreads and people become fluid with renewable equipment and applications, all systems will be built by local companies with facilities in the local region.
The plan is to build a minimum of 30 water systems of various sizes, as many as 10 cellular expansion stations, 5-7 3kw Power Stations on trailers for various power requirements in the Project Base and local business, and at least 50 street lights on 8m poles. The First Village location of course, will be determined by the initial studies, but the Project Base camp will be a fully operational example of the Model City run by renewable energy. In every instance there will be a certain amount of customization that must take place. Every water location is different. Every cell "tower" will be matched to the surroundings. Some will be installed on top of small shops, some will be on top of 80' towers. In the beginning of each new country, there will be design modifications based on the initial studies and work with the local villages.
Phase 3 – Hiring and Training in Country
At least 45 days prior to the main shipment of equipment arriving, a shipment of single items will arrive – at least one unit sample of each product being fabricated for the First Village. These products will be delivered to the Project Base camp where they will be turned into training units. Local citizens will be selected to learn the equipment, understand how it works and how to install it. Installation teams will be formed and the goal is to have them fully trained before the equipment arrives on site.
Phase 4 – the initial Rollout
As a result of the phase 1 planning, a location will have been selected for the N3 Project Base camp and the First Village to be established. The first 6 model deployable housing units will already have been set up as the N3 Project headquarters and training center, and the training will have taken place on all the pieces that come together in the First Village.
In this Phase, mobile water purification systems will be delivered along with mobile sanitation stations, solar powered lighting will be installed, wireless communications and power charging stations will be deployed. Everything in the N3 project headquarters is designed out of model village components. The street and village lighting systems will be deployed in the First Village deployments – all by the local population that have now been trained in the installation. Cell "towers" will be positioned and installed by local N3 trained workers that will also be charged with maintaining these systems.
Based on the results of the village studies, water samples, geographic information and terrain requirements, the appropriate initial shipment of water purification systems will arrive on site. They will be shipped in a high top, 40' container – inside a "trailered" dual sanitation station that can be pulled by a pickup truck.
The First Village concept is to build a model – a sample of a renewable energy based sustainable village. The First Village will be different from country to country, but will also have a great deal in common. It will be a concept village that is design to provide the basic requirement of a modern life – clean drinking water, communications, lighting and power for some basic applications and education.
The First Village should make people healthier because of the clean drinking water, able to read late at night with the efficient lighting systems for the homes, safer with the street lights at night and have access to all wireless communications and services offered in the area.
The First Village implementation will be based 100% on the results of the initial Phase 1 studies. The goal of the First Village design is to provide fresh drinking water for 6-8,000 people, and irrigation for farmers and co-op farming business - based on local business common practices. Another goal of the First Village design is to expand cell coverage where necessary and enter into a debit banking arrangement with the local bank/s that utilizes the cell expansion or other wireless solutions (WiFi, WiMAX or Point-to-Point/Mesh digital solutions). This communication plan will be drawn out during the Phase 1 studies.