Solar PV

Solar Rural Schools Project: South Africa

Oct 10th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: SELF, Solar PV, Sub-Saharan Africa

Building on their earlier success in South Africa, in 2008 the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) solar-electrified three schools in the Eastern Cape Province, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. Funded through the generosity of the Kellogg Foundation and JP Morgan Chase, with laptops provided by Dell Computers, two thousand students and their families now have [...]



Solar power takes off in Kenya

Jun 17th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Sub-Saharan Africa

In rural Kenya, where there is no electricity, solar systems have proven popular with small-scale businesses and farms, where it is used to power water pumps and lighting. Solar energy is cheap compared to electricity because, once the necessary equipment has been installed, there is no additional monthly charge. Additionally solar systems require little maintenance, [...]



Rural Solar in South America Project

Jan 28th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Latin America, Solar PV, Solar-Aid

In South America, the widespread destruction of rainforest poses a huge threat to the planet, increasing the effects of climate change. While the protection of the forest is of great concern, many rural communities have no electricity source and continue to rely on wood for light and heat. Without it, they struggle to survive. South [...]