The ecological reserve at Xixuau-Xiparina serves as a hub for communications throughout the region, and people come from far and wide to access the Internet, telephone, and most importantly the health clinic. But the Reserve is very far removed from the nearest electrical grid, so they needed to find an alternate source of electricity. Plinio and his team researched a variety of renewable energy sources, and determined that solar was really the only one that would have no harmful impact on the local ecosystem. They drafted a proposal to an organization called the Solar Electric Light Fund (S.E.L.F.) asking that they consider installing a solar panel at the Reserve. Their request was granted, and the energy provided by the solar panel creates enough electricity to power a computer room, a public telephone, and services at the health clinic. When locals get sick, the nearest formal health center is 5 hours away by boat. Instead, they can now search the Internet to find remedies to common illnesses, request prescription medication, and acquire instructions on how to heal and treat patients themselves.

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