Turkish herdsmen are keeping up with the latest news and entertainment via donkey power these days. They strap solar panels to the backs of their donkeys and use them as mobile charging stations wherever they go.
According to a BBC report earlier this week, the sheepherders can read email, look up the weather and search websites. They could even keep up with the World Cup, all while roaming the countryside.
Each panel generates about 5-7 kilowatts of energy. That’s enough to power laptops and cell phones or even to power lights for a donkey night ride.
Turkish solar panel company Ser-Gün provides the solar panel devices to the herdsman for the “plug-and-play donkey” project. It just proves even remote sheep herders can stay globally connected these days.