STUDENTS from three local primary schools joined forces to take part in the Solar Buddy Project at Echuca library on Monday.
The project saw students from Lockington Consolidated School, Echuca 208 Primary School and Colbinabbin Primary School build LED lights that will be sent north to be used by communities in Papua New Guinea.
The students participating were also given the opportunity to write letters to the families that would be benefiting from the children’s hand made solar lights.
A library spokesperson said the solar program helped raise awareness and understanding of the challenges of energy poverty and the daily challenges faced by children and families living in developing countries.
The library solar project coincided with launch of the new solar panels on the roof of the library.
The 368 panels that have been installed there will help power the library (and cut power costs) and when not in use its power output will be diverted to help power the council buildings next door.