The devices, marketed by the Turkish solar panel company Ser-Gün as a “plug-and-play donkey”, produce between five and seven kilowatts of electricity, enough to charge many laptops. They also power lights that are particularly helpful during birthing.
“The shepherds have a difficult time”, explains alternative energy analyst Ozgur Gurbuz. “They live far away from the cities [and] towns and the only way [for them] to socialize is to watch TV or use [computers]. Solar power serves both purposes”.