Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Single Solar Panel Can Change A Family's Life

BBC:  Is the sun rising on an African solar revolution?
Is the sun the answer to Africa's energy problems? Analysts believe solar power could be the world's largest source of power by 2050.
Deep in northern Kenya, above Napuu Village, there is only the brightest of full moons to light the way.
You can hear the chatter as villagers sit around open fires but with the nearest mains power station more than 200km (124 miles) away, there is nothing else to light up the village.
Here power is a precious thing and only a few can enjoy what many take for granted.
But inside David Lodio's small home - two rooms made of breeze blocks and mud - there is light.
His family watch television, his six children do their homework without candles. There is no need for expensive kerosene lamps - all because of a single solar panel on his tin roof.
"When we started using the solar panels, life changed in a good way," says Mr Lodio.
"When we started using these panels, the children could do their homework well, the children could watch the news and football on TV. I am seeing my children reading and writing well," he explains.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Africa Solar Fund: Update on TanzSolar Home Lighting Program

TanzSolar has been working hard to bring solar light to schools in rural Tanzania, and their efforts are making a really big difference in the lives of students normally unable to study past dusk.  Solar lights give ambitious and dedicated students the edge they need to get ahead and really make a difference in achieving their scholastic goals.

TanzSolar is currently supplying a new type of portable solar lanterns which is called NIWA and DASOL home lighting systems at reasonable price from its new shipment that has just arrived. Due to a big demand of solar energy units, TanzSolar is working hard to ensure that is in a position of being a solution to people's demand by having enough equipment and products to fulfill market demand. Your funds allow us to reduce the price on these lights by 50% so that people can afford them.

Many families are happy due to the fact that they don't have to spend money on kerosene and can save money for buying food, school fees and medical care. Children have bright light to study and don't breathe carbon gas and fumes from kerosene lanterns any more.

This project is nearly fully funded. Please help us finish it off! And we encourage you to support TanzSolar's project to bring solar lighting to schools. Very soon we hope to add a project to electrify health care facilities as well.

A small donation from you could make a huge difference in a student's life.  

Thank you for your support!

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Community Solar is Picking Up Steam

Don't own your home?  Don't have enough space on your roof?  Roof face the wrong direction?  Don't despair - you can still benefit from solar without putting it on your roof!

PG&E will soon offer its customers an option to buy solar energy to account for 100% of their electricity needs, in part of a statewide effort to provide clean energy to Californians who aren't able to have solar on their homes.

This process is commonly called community solar, and refers to a process to allow people to own a stake of clean energy, and see the benefits reflected on their energy bills, without having solar installed on their own roof.  

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