The Campaign is Nearly Done!

The 15 shorts of the Solar Campaign are nearly all animated.  Animation is being done in India (12 shorts) and South Africa (3 shorts) by teams of dedicated animators and students who want to make a difference!

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It’s All About Health

Solar energy can play a huge role in improving health in the developing world. It can charge cell phones, which provide mobile health applications, among other things. Patty Mechael, one of mhealth’s most pragmatic executives, will help explain how when she gives a keynote presentation at the mHealthEd conference in Dublin in September. Read more […]

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Kharas Gets Guardian Nomination

The longlist for The Guardian’s annual International Development Achievement Award was release today, and Firdaus Kharas is one of 10 semi-finalists for his entire body of work. The next stage is a public vote to determine the five finalists. You can see the whole story here and you can vote here.

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Your Chance To Shine

There’s many ways to help those without access to electricity protect their health from the grimy fumes of indoor lighting and cooking. Our goal is to show those in need one way to stop using traditional fuels like kerosene and dung by switching to solar lights, which are cheaper and way, way less toxic. We’re […]

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Solar Panels: Where Size Really Matters

Thinner solar cells require less material and therefore cost less. The challenge for researchers is to reduce the thickness of the cell without compromising its ability to absorb and convert sunlight into clean energy. Researchers at Stanford University have created some amazing new panels. Read about it at Science Daily.

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Solar Power Having Huge Effect On Health Improvement

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons for a 20-percent decrease in infant-and-maternal mortality between 2005 and 2010 across the developing world, plus about another 20-percent decrease since then, according to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Certainly in the mix are improved health technology and education, an explosion of project funding from […]

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2012’s Best Solar Lights In the Developing World

For consumer solar lights to play their vital and inevitable role in developing countries, they must be not only be affordable but also dependable. The only way to find those bottoms lines is by asking end users. This is the path Lighting Africa has found itself on as it tries to bring light to hundreds […]

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Solar Reports Reveals Real-Life Situations

In August 1961 United Nations’ General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld called solar energy the biggest hope for poverty alleviation in the developing world. But it took another 49 years for the case to be made in a real-life situation: during the 2010 Haiti earthquake. This has led to a real-life effort by researchers to analyze and […]

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Technology No Longer The Barrier In Solar Uptake

During the past decade the technology that creates electricity from photo-voltaic cells has become so sophisticated and so inexpensive that it’s  a wonder that most of the world’s homes aren’t already covered with solar panels. But a recent focus on delivering solar energy to residential consumers in the developing world (to replace traditional poisonous fuels […]

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On The Right Path

Four million down, about 596 million to go. The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation just announced that, in Africa, four million homes now use solar lights instead of traditional fuels for night-time illumination. There’s still a long way to go to get everyone switched over, but the figure represents 115 percent growth during the past […]

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