Category: Rural Development

Rural Women to Train in Solar Energy in India

By vpadmin, March 28, 2011

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Four women from Bugesera district will travel to Barefoot College in India, for a six-month training in solar energy installation and maintenance.

Claudine Uwimana, 48, Odette Mukarumongi, 50, Cecile Nyiramubandwa, 48 and Dative Mukantabana,47 all residents of Karambi village in Nyamata sector, will travel on Monday.

The training is funded by the government of India, while Rwanda United Kingdom Goodwill Organisation (RUGO) will raise 25,000 Pound Sterling required to install solar power in 110 houses in Karambi village.

The women will learn how to fabricate, install and maintain solar powered household lighting system.

They are expected to use their skills, to install lights in the Karambi homes.

The quartet were yesterday briefed on the arrangements and given the necessary travel documents.

Mike Hughes, the Chairman of RUGO, explained why this particular training is unique.

“It is amazing that illiterate women are trained to be formidable Solar Engineers. Wait after six months, these women will be performing miracles in Karambi village, yet they never went beyond primary school,” he said.

Louis Rwagaju, the Mayor of Bugesera, reminded the women the importance of the training.

He appealed to them to focus all their attention on the training, saying that their fellow residents expected a lot from them.

Claudine Uwimana, the group leader, said that she was excited.

“The fact that I have never traveled beyond Kigali, notwithstanding, I am boarding a plane to India. I will beat all odds including the language barrier, to gain enough skills to have solar energy in my village,” she said.

Solar-wise California friends aim to light up African villages

By vpadmin, January 21, 2011

Solar-wise California friends aim to light up African villages

By Darrell Smith
Sacramento Bee
Updated: 01/21/2011 06:11:30 PM PST

Electric power. We flip a switch, turn it on, take it for granted. The lights, the microwave, the flat-screen TV; and now the Leaf or Volt or some other electric car.

But in Africa, electricity remains a rare, hard-earned luxury. Blackouts as long as 12 hours are common, even in the large cities, while homes in villages far off the grid are warmed by wood fires and glow to kerosene light.

James Tataw, owner of San Jose-based Spectrum Solar Electric, and his friend and fellow solar entrepreneur Dennis Forsberg of El Dorado Hills-based Sunbolt Energy Systems plan to change that.

Their charge: “Illuminate Africa. One village at a time.”

A Solar Strategy for Africa: International Players Set To Expand Key Markets

By vpadmin, January 4, 2011

Now that real progress has been made in growing global demand and production and lowering costs in developed countries, it is time to think seriously about kick-starting real solar markets in Africa.

There is a need for a shift in focus on solar markets in Africa away from donor and rural electrification projects to commercial and productive investments. There is also a need for the international PV industry to aggressively invest in the development of solar markets and not to leave it up to aid and relief organisations. This must be based on the need to move – today – towards grid-connected and urban markets. As part of this process there is a need to engage and educate African governments about the current global status of the solar sector and help them build frameworks for industry growth.

For the World’s Rural Poor, Solar Innovations Offer Hope

By vpadmin, November 28, 2010

Innovations in solar energy have the potential to bring electricity to much of the rural poor in developing countries.

The United Nations Development Programme estimates that 1.5 billion people—including 89% of rural sub-Saharan Africa—still lack electricity. African villages tend to rely on diesel generators and highly toxic kerosene lamps for light, even in rural clinics, despite the risk of respiratory diseases.

Solar power, however, is starting to make inroads in locations where extending the electric grid may not make economic sense. Various solar applications are becoming more affordable thanks to such technological innovations as photovoltaic panels that use thin films; light bulbs that capture energy during the day to provide light at night; and solar mobile-phone chargers.

Seizing the mHealth moment

By vpadmin, November 8, 2010

Populations may lack access to health care, but they are increasingly connected to each other, to various information sources, and to the world at large. The mobile phone, once thought to be a luxury item, is nearly ubiquitous throughout the developing world. Seventy percent of all mobile phone users today are in the developing world. Almost 90 percent of the world’s population is covered by a commercial wireless signal. By 2012 half of all people in rural areas will have mobile phones. So even if a person doesn’t have their own phone, most have access to one.

Models of climate action to be showcased daily by UN agency, ahead of Cancun parlay

By vpadmin, November 1, 2010

A project to light up the Indian countryside with the power of the sun is one of 30 solutions to climate change to be showcased each day, starting today, in the month leading up to the next major meeting on the topic, according to the United Nations Evironmental Programme (UNEP).The “30 ways in 30 days” initiative, launched one month before the start of the next conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled from 29 November to 10 December in Cancun, Mexico, will release case studies of successful climate schemes that can be copied and scaled up around the world.

Developing Nations to Get Clean-Burning Stoves

By vpadmin, September 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — Nearly three billion people in the developing world cook their meals on primitive indoor stoves fueled by crop waste, wood, coal and dung. Every year, according to the United Nations, smoke from these stoves kills 1.9 million people, mostly women and children, from lung and heart diseases and low birth weight.

The stoves also contribute to global warming as a result of the millions of tons of soot they spew into the atmosphere and the deforestation caused by cutting down trees to fuel them.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce a significant commitment to a group working to address the problem, with a goal of providing 100 million clean-burning stoves to villages in Africa, Asia and South America by 2020. The United States is providing about $50 million in seed money over five years for the project, known as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Engineering HELP in Africa: Departing to Dar es Salaam

By vpadmin, August 3, 2010

DAR ES SALAAM—We’ve been in Tanzania for a little over a month now, but I (Tim) want to update you a little on who we are and how we’ve gotten here. We are members of Dartmouth HELP (Humanitarian Engineering Leadership Projects) Worldwide, a student-led organization at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering that aims to reduce global poverty through socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable engineering solutions. HELP trips are developed in a way that makes sure locally expressed needs are met with community materials and ideas. The group aims to help Dartmouth students put their education to use by partnering with sponsors and NGOs to develop and implement technological solutions in the developing world. We have been working in the Kigoma region of western Tanzania since the spring of 2008 through partnerships with the Dickey Center at Dartmouth, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, The University of Dar es Salaam College of Engineering and Technology (CoET), and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). Our goals for Tanzania’s Kigoma region are to improve sanitation and energy technologies in selected villages in order to address severe health and deforestation concerns.

Kenyan Women Light Up Villages with Solar Power

By vpadmin, July 13, 2010

Kenya — 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 in south-western Kenya today have light after darkness falls.  The light is thanks to Phoebe Jondiko, Joyce Matunga and Phoebe Akinyi, the three solar “women engineers” who have literally switched on the lights in the two villages with a view to lighting up more villages in the remote Gwassi Division in Suba District.

12 remote villages of Ziarat electrified through solar energy

By vpadmin, July 8, 2010

International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) and Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) have collaboratively installed 12 solar energy panel systems in ten different remotely located villages of Ziarat district of Balochistan.With the successful implementation of this solar energy initiative, some of the least developed villages of Balochistan province have been facilitated with provision of solar generated electricity, benefiting around 123 local households.