Practical Insights on Solar Power

Solar Power for PC Deployments: Enabling ICT Beyond the Grid

Solar Power for PC Deployments: Enabling ICT Beyond the Grid

Published on: Jul 04 2011 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Technology for converting solar energy to electricity was first introduced over 130 years ago, and it has been used to power PCs for more than 20 years. However,...
Solar Power Resources for Designing PV Systems in Rural Computer Projects

Solar Power Resources for Designing PV Systems in Rural Computer Projects

Published on: Jun 24 2011 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Solar Power Resources for Designing PV Systems in Rural Computer Projects
There are two recent developments that have significantly lowered the cost of solar power systems for powering computer installations in remote or rural areas: The...
Apply Now: Global Social Benefit Incubator 2011

Apply Now: Global Social Benefit Incubator 2011

Published on: Feb 21 2011 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: Global Social Benefit Incubator 2011
Back in 2007, I was fortunate enough to attend the 5th annual Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), a capacity-building program for up to 20 social ventures ready...
Learn How Energy for Opportunity Builds Solar Power Installation Capacity in Sierra Leone

Learn How Energy for Opportunity Builds Solar Power Installation Capacity in Sierra Leone

Published on: Nov 24 2010 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Learn How Energy for Opportunity Builds Solar Power Installation Capacity in Sierra Leone
Solar power is a needed skill in electricity-starved West Africa. Yet there is also high unemployment. Energy For Opportunity is trying to solve both of these...
Win Government Contracts with Solar Power Computing

Win Government Contracts with Solar Power Computing

Published on: Jun 28 2010 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Win Government Contracts with Solar Power Computing
Electrical power is an issue across Africa – or more accurately, the lack of reliable, affordable electricity is one of the greatest barriers to the adoption...
Congratulations to Malawi’s Barefoot Solar Engineers

Congratulations to Malawi’s Barefoot Solar Engineers

Published on: Jun 09 2010 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
At the Africa Energy Awards 2010, the Barefoot Solar Engineers of Malawi won the Best Rural Electrification Project category, highlighting their positive impact...
Win $250,000 for Innovative Solar Power and Customer Financing Systems

Win $250,000 for Innovative Solar Power and Customer Financing Systems

Published on: Dec 18 2009 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Win $250,000 for Innovative Solar Power and Customer Financing Systems
Solar energy provides a clean, sustainable, and reliable electrical source. Yet solar power is expensive and in the developing world, buyers often do not have the...
Knowledge + Power: ICT Impact on Climate Change

Knowledge + Power: ICT Impact on Climate Change

Published on: Nov 16 2009 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Knowledge + Power: ICT Impact on Climate Change
tweetmeme_source = 'ICT_works'; At this year’s Development Marketplace 2009 (DM2009) finalist event at the World Bank, I was asked a challenging question:...
Xantrex TR1524: The Most Fraudulent Solar Inverter-Charger Ever

Xantrex TR1524: The Most Fraudulent Solar Inverter-Charger Ever

Published on: Nov 02 2009 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Xantrex TR1524: The Most Fraudulent Solar Inverter-Charger Ever
Buying solar power equipment for Africa is often a challenge. First, the USA runs on 110V, so most of the equipment here will not work with the 220V standard common...
Barefoot Women Solar Electrification Engineers

Barefoot Women Solar Electrification Engineers

Published on: Sep 04 2009 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Here is an interesting video from the Barefoot College solar program in which they’ve trained illiterate women from African villages to be solar engineers...