Bringing International Projects to the NW
2016 was a year where we brought the international solar projects to Portland instead of going abroad. Our commitment remains to work on one international project every year. This year we sponsored our friend and now business partner Jeevan Baidya to come visit us here in Portland from his home in Nepal.
We also met a young entrepreneur Natalia Gomez of Bogota, Colombia and invited her to work with us for a week. We believe that international projects should not be a one-off endeavor, but rather, we are working to create long-term relationships with key partners in other countries. Our hope is to return many times to work with the same international partners and potentially develop long-term projects with specific communities in those countries.
We are working to return back to Nepal in 2017 for a project and a possible humanitarian project in Colombia. More details to come… Subscribe to our blog to keep updated.
Jeevan Baidya Comes To Portland
During our trip to Nepal in 2015, we worked extensively with the project manager for Gham Power, Jeevan Baidya. As part of our 2015 project, we conducted a knowledge exchange with their staff. At that time we discussed Jeevan coming over to the US to visit us and work with us for a few weeks as a continuation of that knowledge sharing.
This March 2016, Jeevan arrived for his 3 weeks stay in Portland. He stayed with Jordan Weisman, the owner of Sunbridge Solar. He spent his time split between the job site working alongside the crew and in the office working with the project management team. It was really intriguing to see what impressed Jeevan and sparked his interest and curiosity.
Besides being impressed with the quality of materials and solar installation processes, he was intrigued with the automation he noticed in everyday life such as google maps navigation on an iPhone, paid parking garages without attendants, and the video drives through ordering at Starbucks.
The long-term goal of sponsoring Jeevan to come here was to develop a partnership that will last for many years. With that, we are thrilled and proud to announce the formation of Sunbridge Solar Nepal Private Limited. Jeevan and his business partner Sabargaya will be heading up this Kathmandu-based business venture. Here at our US offices, we will support them as best we can. It is our hope that we will visit Nepal again in 2017 to work on our first Sunbridge collaborative project.
Natalia Gomez Comes To Portland
This year we attended Solar Power International (SPI), the largest solar conference in the US. We randomly sat next to a young entrepreneur from Bogota, Colombia at lunch one day. Natalia Gomez shared her plans of starting her own solar company back home. We invited her to come work with us for a week before returning home and she took us up on the offer. Natalia has a business background, mostly in import and export with Asia.
It was fantastic to have her work with us for a week. She brought a lot of energy and excitement to the Sunbridge team for the week she was here. She is back in Colombia now and starting Solosolar (now renamed to Sunbridge Colombia). We have reached a formal agreement with Solosolar where we will be their international partner and provide support on design and product selection.
In February of 2017, we will be traveling to Colombia to work on two international projects alongside Solosolar. We are thrilled to be expanding our reach and friendships to new corners of the world. Two weeks prior to departure, Solarsolar will be sending a technician to work and live with us in the states. By doing so we hope to strengthen our knowledge of solar and cement our new friendship with Solosolar.
We are looking very forward to the future international solar partnerships we are building!