Dell Technologies leads corporate group developing 25 Solar Hubs in remote locales

May 6, 2022
The first such hub has been introduced in Boa Esperanca, Brazil.The hubs should improve access to technology, healthcare and workforce skills, particularly in remote areas.

Dell Technologies, Computer Aid, Intel and Microsoft have launched a Solar Community Hubs strategy, wherein the firms will develop 25 solar-powered community hubs across three continents.

The first such hub has been introduced in Boa Esperanca, Brazil.

The hubs should improve access to technology, healthcare and workforce skills, particularly in remote areas. Dell technology-enabled solutions will be used at these hubs, which will offer services to suit the unique needs of each community.

In general, the hubs will provide communities with access to electricity and water, healthcare and environmental preservation resources. Community members will also gain access to entrepreneurship support, technical skills training, career guidance, education and revenue-generating services, the companies say.

The latest collaboration builds on Dell’s established Solar Learning Labs program with Computer Aid. In this project, shipping containers were converted into solar-powered computer hubs. Young learners gained access to first-hand experience with technology. Dell worked with 60 partners worldwide, including Computer Aid, to open 25 such labs in seven countries.

At Boa Esperanca, Dell Technologies has partnered with the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability to bring tools, like computers, servers and projectors, to the solar community hub. Circularity has been incorporated into the hub design and so repurposed shipping containers, sustainably-sourced wood and solar panels have been used.

"By introducing the Solar Community Hubs, communities will have access to resources and infrastructure to address their most pressing issues,” Cassandra Garber, VP of Environmental and Social Governance, Dell Technologies said. “This evolution puts community needs at the center, and we are eager to see – and be a part of – the impact these community partnerships will have around the globe."

At present, Dell is working with 60 partners worldwide. Among them is Computer Aid, which helps identify the locations and local partners for the development of the hub.