GivePower Foundation Solar Panels For Schools Without Electricity
A big challenge that the community has is that the kids get taught during the day and in the evening the parents don't get an education because they work during the day they can't learn because there is no light in the school. Particularly for the adults they don't get a time during the day to be able to learn and be able to learn how to read and write. A lot of the seniors want to get educated. A lot of elders within the organization want to get educated. And it's also a nice facility in the evenings for them.
To gather and celebrate. And that's why I think bringing electricity to some of these parts of the world that never had it before is so exciting and meaningful. If you can bring electricity to rural areas, people who are once isolated are less so. And I think that if we can do this right and do this well, I think we can do it over and over and over again and really have a big impact on a lot of people. A school like this just will never get electricity unless you have local generation. It needs to change. We need to create electricity.
At the place where it is needed. We can skip the legacy infrastructure and build out the new infrastructure the smarter and better way. So our mission now is to bring light to this community. In the process we are sort of teaching them the skill, they get to see how we are installing, they are participating. There are some dual benefits there. It's simple to use. We have battery backup for the system and it will create a lot of electricity for them that they can use whenever they need to. The average consumer by them taking advantage.
Of solar through SolarCity they are actually helping this community as well. I think the dream is to create a culture within a company that is all about growing and giving. At SolarCity we grow our business by over one hundred percent annually in an effort to really bring alternative forms of energy to the rest of the country. If we can find a way internally to create a culture that is about growing and giving, we're like, yes, we are growing the business. Yes, we're bringing this technology to different parts of the United States. But then how do.
Concentrated Solar Dryers
Solar Dryers for Cloudy Weather The FAO reported that SubSaharan Africa over 40 percent of the children are deficient in micronutrients. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of micronutrients. In Tanzania, horticultural crops are widely produced but 50 to 80 percent of the produce suffers postharvest loss and only 1 is processed for offseason consumption. Solar drying is a lowcost means of preserving produce, but cloudy skies limit solar drying. Hort CRSP researchers are developing concertrated solar dryers that use reflective surfaces to better dry fruit and vegetables in cloudy weather.
By reducing drying time, tomatoes have superior color, texture and nutrient content. 1. Black material absorbs heat, 2. Clear material allows sunlight to pass through, 3. Insulation holds in the heat, and 4. Air enters the bottom, heats up, rises and dries the fruit. Fresh fruit goes in, and the sun goes to work. Concentrated solar dryers improve product quality and boost yearround nutrient for vulnerable populations. Contributors Project Developers Diane Barrett, Peter Stroeve Funding USAID Design Editors Mark Bell Editors Peter Shapland, Amanda Crump Photos Diane Barrett, Zachary Bagley, KAte.
Doa Mefalia talks about the womens cooperative
So, how and when did the cooperative startWe are a women's cooperative, and our cooperative is called new sunrise, and we were started in the year 1996, with the idea of uniting ourselves to achieve some. to benefit from some projects. But in the beginning we were only beneficiaries of projects. of gender. training of health. the environment. and later, currently, we have achieved some projects, and we have a solar panels project, that is a project that we achieved thanks to a German, who gave us part of the money,.
He didn't finance us one hundred percent, and the rest we women had to provide. We think it's a very good project because we are making use of nature, we are taking advantage of the sunlight, so the panels charge. We also had financing to buy two acres of land, for coffee growing, and we worked a bit with ecotourism. And in the beginning it was very difficult, because some women weren't able to be organized because the men were very machista. But the training that we received helped a lot. And currently the men are also.
Interested in the women being organized. And the work is organized, the men work in the fields as much as the women, and also in the housework, in the home. Also the children growing up in these families are now different. They don't act how the men acted before, but instead they are growing up with the idea that they are equal, women as much as men. Because the youth have been made aware of the issues of gender, and now we see each otherourselves as equal. Now there isn't this difference that the women are in the.
Berea, KY Solar Podcast
This tutorial has been provided by ICMA, the International City County Management Association. And is funded through the US Department of Energy's Solar Outreach Partnership. For more information visit solaroutreach The Berea Solar Farm idea really came about as a community idea. It was modeled after a cooperative in Colorado, this is 2009. The utility had just been purchased in 2004, I think, from the college There was a lot of startup, just a lot to learn. A group of citizens would be appointed to form an advisory council for the local utility.
When the city acquired the utility, bought it from Berea College, they went ahead and adopted all the existing tariffs that were in place and suddenly became the first municipal utility to have net metering in the state. We were successful getting $125,000 through the Department of Local Government. That was the funding mechanism for the first phase first two phases, actually, of the solar. We meter monthly and refund to those individual customers monthly all the power that's generated from that panel at the residential rate. The initial interest was pretty amazing we actually sold out all of the leases.
In 4 or 5 days. There was practically a line going out the door. There was so much interest in fact that it spurred us to go ahead with phase two, which was to double the original footprint. We were confident that we would quickly get those leased and recoup the capital investment, which we did. And then we decided as a community to fund phase three and four solely with city funds I think that initial interest was not driven solely on getting a financial return but was this opportunity to have some say in where Berea's electricity is coming from.
The community gets the benefit of, one, helping to reduce the peak loads. The same time as panels are pumping out the most is a time those hot summer afternoons when you're paying for that peak power so we can save Berea Municipal Utilities money for that. Also, every kilowatt hour that we don't use is one less we buy from Kentucky Utilities and that's money that leaves the community that can stay here and circle around, so there's an economic value. There is a real benefit to being a small, or even a large municipal utility, in that,.
Anna Maria Historic Green Village Tutorial 5 The Green Method Sharing Power
Instrumental gtgt Lizzie So a key part of this zero energy equation is to reduce our energy needs. So a huge thing for me probably even more important than the photovoltaics, is insulation. Insulate, insulate, insulate! Just reduce the amount of energy you need to cool down a building or heat it up. Ray We insulated underneath the rafters. The standard in Florida for roofs is R19 we have a much fatter coat on here, we have an R30 roof so we have a lot of insulation that prevents heat from coming inside the.
Building. Lizzie We're using photovoltaic energy which is energy from the sun to generate electricity, we're using thermal energy solar thermal energy where we're using the heat and the energy from the sun to heat up water which is so important in a cafe, you imagine the number of plates that we're washing, and the amount of water we're heating up to make coffee. Ray What a solar thermal panel is is basically it's a flat panel with copper tubing in it and it's painted black and what it does is.
It heats up water. That water will heat to 170 degrees absolutely free. Lizzie And then the third crucial technology is geothermal. We have gone down 450 feet below the Rosedale cafe into an aqua fir where the water temperature is 72 degrees. So all we have to do is bring it up a 450 foot well, pass it through some heat transfer technology and cool down the air in the cafe, or in the Winter, heat the air up and we just said this has to be integrated. The whole thing has to work so that we are very efficiently.
Googles Amazing Floating Data Centers
Google is in the final stages of building a fourstory tall data center on a ship in San Francisco Bay that will be not only cooled, but also powered, renewably, by the ocean. An investigative report by CNET left little doubt that the secretive project is the work of Google, who has set the project up under the name By And Large, a play on the Buy N Large corporation in the Pixar film Wall E. A patent Google filed in 2008 laid out plans for a data center on a barge that is continuously powered by ocean currents, using.
Sea water to cool the servers. This is yet another way Google is leading the world to a better place, because the electricity dedicated to powering America's growing need for data centers is approaching 2 of total domestic energy usage. Not only is this a good move for the environment, but it will allow Google the flexibility to move its data centers wherever they are needed without breaking them down or building new ones from the ground up. It seems the Buy n Large analogy is becoming truer by the day, what with Google already.
Korea starts FTA talks with six Central American countries 6 FTA
Korea has initiated talks to ink a new free trade deal with six countries in Central America. If the deal is sealed. Koreas export items like mobile phones and automobiles. are expected to benefit from it. Our Song Jisun has the details. It may seem like a small market. but its value and growth potential means theres more to the region than meets the eye. Koreas trade ministry started free trade talks with six Central American nations in the U.S. city of Houston on Thursday local time. IF sealed. Korea will be the first Asian.
Country to have an FTA with the six Central American countries. giving Korean products an edge over rival exporters like Japan and China. With their geographical location these countries Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua and Panama. act as a trade bridge linking North and South America. Like Korea. theyve been busy securing FTAs. already sealing deals with the U.S. Mexico and the European Union. The combined GDP of the six countries stands at just over 200billion dollars a similar level to that of Peru and their combined population is 44 million.
Trade volume between Korea and the nations stood at just over five billion dollars last year only accounting for zeropointfive percent of Koreas total trade figure. but twoway trade has been growing fast. doubling in the space of a decade. In addition to reviewing tariff benefits. Seoul has also offered to join regional development programs. such as electricity and solar energy projects. Seouls outbound shipments of automobiles auto parts and electronics would all rise. while the central American nations food products like coffee and fruit would get greater access to the lucrative Korean market. Song Jisun Arirang News.
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