• Solar Community Hubs

    Bringing access to technology and skills to communities everywhere

    • The right hub for the community

      Solar Community Hubs come in three models and are selected based on the particular needs of each community.

    • Fixed

      A fixed hub is two recycled shipping containers transformed into a well-lit, well-ventilated internet center using a combination of solar power, energy-efficient desktops, notebooks and air-cooled servers.

      These hubs provide:

      • Access to the internet, digital technology and skill building opportunities
      • An expanded space for community support and networking
      • Community services including healthcare, biodiversity preservation and economic opportunities
      • Sustainable access to water and solar-powered electricity
      • Capacity to support remote areas and create an ecosystem to support the communities
    • Mobile

      A mobile hub is a technology-enabled van that is equipped with self-paced learning content and training curriculum. The goal of these mobile hubs is to travel from town to town providing internet access and computer technology for local community members.

      These hubs provide:

      • Access to the internet, digital technology and skill building opportunities
      • Access to technology such as laptops and television screens for broadcasting messages
      • 4G internet-enabled hotspot facility to help the community access online services
      • Power through solar panels
      • Flexibility to reach more community members
    • Portable Connectivity Center (PCC)

      A Portable Connectivity Center is a fully-kitted, customized 20 X 8-foot shipping container that is converted into an easy-to-power community center. The goal of these centers is to provide community relief, internet connectivity and access to medical services to those impacted by crisis or disaster.

      These hubs provide:

      • Access to the internet, digital technology and skill building opportunities
      • A safe harbor from human trafficking – offers displaced individuals a secure resource and education to the dangers
      • Healthcare services through the N50 consortium experts in telehealth
      • Restoration of government functions – provides provisional access to passports, information about local food, shelter and financial services resources
      • Ability to be quickly deployed and potentially moved to other locations
    • Providing sustainable solutions to community challenges

    • Digital inclusion

      Each hub connects community members to technology and skill building opportunities, advancing digital inclusion and helping them participate in a digital world.

    • Community-first

      We take a community-first approach, first understanding the needs of the community and then tailoring each hub to fit those needs.

    • Climate action

      Hubs are solar powered, using energy-efficient and power-efficient technology minimizing their impact on the climate.

    • Circular economy

      The hubs are built in-country from refurbished shipping containers, supporting a circular economy.

      *Not applicable in Mobile Solar Community Hubs

    • Education

      All hubs provide education opportunities. Some hubs offer accredited training to achieve industry-recognized certifications such as ICDL (International Certificate of Digital Literacy) certifications.

    • Biodiversity

      Some hubs feature biodiversity preservation activities such as deforestation monitoring and rainwater collection.

    • News and Resources

    • Get Involved

      Learn how you can fund a Solar Community Hub

    • Digital Inclusion

      Check out how we recognize the power of technology to transform lives

    • Perspectives Article

      Discover how Solar Community Hubs digitized the Amazon

    • Learn more about how we are advancing digital inclusion through STEM education

    • Primary: Middle School

      Girls Who Game

      Starting as early as primary school, this extracurricular program uses gaming to engage girls with technology, supported by a network of role models to build a pipeline for future women engineers.

    • Secondary: High School

      Student TechCrew

      Student TechCrew is a complimentary program where high school students learn Dell certified repair skills to run their own IT help desk, supporting their classmates and teachers.

    • Post-Secondary: College

      Develop with Dell

      A free online learning experience designed to develop learners to start a career in IT. Program will be available to all learners who attend postsecondary institutions that partner with Dell Technologies.

    • *Based on information available in Dell’s FY24 ESG Report. Data as of the end of FY24 (February 3, 2024).