Development Projects

Beehives Stop Elephant Crop-Raids in Kenya

Jul 16th, 2011 | By John Waller | Category: Natural World, Sub-Saharan Africa

Innovative beehive fences have helped a community in Kenya to successfully protect crops from elephants, according to research. Scientists found the hives to be a very effective barrier; elephants turned away from them in 97% of their attempted raids.

D.light wins the prestigious Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy

Jul 15th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

D.light is making low cost, high quality, durable solar lanterns available to people in developing countries that have never had access to modern light. The company has a mass market strategy that is reaching large scale sales and improving the lives of thousands of people around the world.

Community in the Peruvian Andes develops its productive capacities through renewable energy

Jul 15th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Latin America

The Community of San Francisco de Raymina nested in the Southern Peruvian highlands has moved into the first phase of developing a project aimed at increasing their capacity to produce organic flours, herbs, organic vegetables and dairies through the use of renewable energy. The plan, developed in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable Energies and [...]

African, Asian Nations Top Latest Water Security Risk Index

Jul 13th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

Somalia has the least secure water supply while Iceland has the most stable in the world, according to a survey of 165 nations released last week by Maplecroft, a Britain-based consultancy company. The study, the Water Security Risk Index, featured three other African nations, including Mauritania, Sudan and Niger, as well as Iraq, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, [...]

SELF Named a Winner in Ashoka’s Changemakers Challenge

Jul 10th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: SELF, Sub-Saharan Africa, Top Story

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has been announced as one of three winners in the Women | Tools | Technology Challenge sponsored by Ashoka’s Changemakers and ExxonMobil in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). Other winning entries were submitted by Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia, Namibia, and Lua Nova Association, Brazil. [...]

Kenyan Women Light Up Villages with Solar Power

Jul 5th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa

Let there be light. And thanks to the efforts of rural women in one of the most remote corners of the Kenyan republic, lights turn on as night falls at the end of a sunny day. Tucked away in the remote villages of Olando and Got Kaliech in rural Kenya, residents in this poor outpost [...]

Morocco’s new Solar Project to Generate 2000MWs

Apr 17th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: North Africa and Middle East, Solar Thermal, Top Story

Morocco is a North African country with no oil reserves. But nature has endowed this country with another bounty i.e. over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. Now they are aiming to undertake an ambitious plan of producing 40% of their energy needs via solar energy. They will spend $9 billion to generate 2000MWs of [...]

India Announces Coal Tax To Fund Renewable Energy Projects : CleanTechnica

Mar 7th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, South Asia, Top Story

In a landmark announcement the Indian Finance Minister, in his annual Budget speech, put forward the proposal of setting of National Clean Energy Fund which would be constituted through tax lieved on coal usage in the country. The quantum of tax would be INR 50 per ton of coal used, which would generate an annual [...]

SELF’s Response to the Haiti Disaster

Feb 2nd, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Latin America, SELF

In response to the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince, SELF is accelerating their work to power health clinics in Haiti with their partner on the ground, Partners In Health (PIH). SELF and PIH have been working together since 2006 to bring solar power to PIH operations around the world. We have already provided solar electricity to Boucan Carre in Haiti, and have plans to solar electrify all 10 PIH sites in Haiti.

Liberia Finds Solar Power Gets Things Moving Again

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa, Top Story, US Government

Liberians who live, study, or work outside the limited electric grid of the capital, Monrovia, do not have affordable, reliable light. A place to charge a mobile phone is a daily quest. Less than 2 percent of rural areas and about 10 percent of the urban capital area have modern energy sources. People who live [...]