Impacts of Climate Change Coming Faster and Sooner

Sep 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, United Nations

The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC’s forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Tiny Algae Loom Large in Biofuel Pilot Projects

Sep 19th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, US Government

The production of biofuels from algae gained new prominence this summer when ExxonMobil announced that it will invest up to $600 million in the technology. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) formed a research and development alliance in July to explore the production of biofuels from photosynthetic algae. Photosynthetic algae—such as single-celled “microalgae” and blue-green [...]

Light Gives Students a Chance at Night School

Aug 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Sub-Saharan Africa, US Government

Less than two percent of Liberia’s estimated two million rural dwellers have access to electricity. Most rely on candles or small kerosene lamps to light up their evening activities. But limited lighting impedes chores after dark, prevents post-dusk operation of small businesses, limits the ability of students to study, and contributes to poor security. At [...]

Micro-Hydropower Plant Brings Electricity and Economic Growth to Dodarak Village

May 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia, US Government

On April 6, electricity flowed for the first time in Dodarak village in Nangarhar Province.  Supplied by a new 60 KWH micro-hydropower plant funded by USAID, the electricity will improve the villagers’ quality of life and open the door for new business opportunities. Currently, the plant provides 1,200 residents with electricity, allows local shops to [...]

Sunnymoney Micro-Franchising Project

Mar 14th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar-Aid, Sub-Saharan Africa

Sunnymoney is the name given to SolarAid’s innovative solar products. It gives small-scale solar entrepreneurs in Kenya the means to earn an independent income – and help eradicate the use of harmful kerosene. Why support Sunnymoney? Sunnymoney is a means for people to lift themselves out of poverty. By offering solar micro-franchisees training in business [...]

Solar for Children Project

Jan 27th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Solar-Aid, Sub-Saharan Africa

The majority of Tanzania’s electricity supply is generated by hydropower. This is highly vulnerable to drought, which is occurring more frequently with climate change. In 2006, a severe drought resulted in countrywide power cuts and blackouts. Currently, the electrical grid reaches a small proportion of the country’s population. In rural areas, families rely on firewood [...]

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 [...]

Zambia Community Centres Project

Aug 20th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Solar-Aid, Sub-Saharan Africa

In Zambia there’s a pressing need to provide a minimum of energy for poor families. Energy options are limited to kerosene and candles for lighting and wood for cooking. Rising kerosene prices across the world mean that people living in rural Zambia are being forced to pay more and more each week to light their [...]

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 [...]