Chasing the Sun: Solar Adventures Around the World by Neville Williams

By Neville Williams

If thousands of individuals within the constructing global can use solar energy, why can’t we in North the USA? The query instantly arises from this attention-grabbing account of the author’s 12-year quest to convey solar energy and lightweight to humans within the constructing international who've no electrical energy. Chasing the sunlight is a narrative of dreamers and doers who succeeded of their project to make the area larger by way of offering nature’s strength to negative humans and through construction businesses to place the solar at their provider in useful, cheap, and potent methods. A eco-friendly strength improvement narrative that's enjoyable and eye-opening, the ebook can be half autobiography. writer Neville Williams’ inspiring story of trailblazing innovation describes: • His founding the nonprofit sun electrical gentle Fund (SELF) in 1990, which promoted solar energy for a decade through developing pilot sunlight rural electrification courses in eleven constructing international locations, together with Zimbabwe, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and China • His launching of the industrial sunlight electrical mild corporation in 1997, which grew to become the SELCO staff of businesses that has triumph over daunting demanding situations to deliver sun electrical energy to 50,000 households in India, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam full of colourful characters, the e-book additionally good points the passion of maverick devotees to the renewable strength increase of the Eighties and Nineties and their interaction with staid DC-based improvement associations, in addition to their distinctive point of view on international options to “energy poverty.” it is going to be illuminating to all attracted to the surroundings, improvement, renewable strength, socially accountable company, and our destiny on the finish of the age of oil. Neville Williams was once an award-winning journalist for a few years who additionally labored because the nationwide media director for Greenpeace. He continues to be concerned with SELCO and is at present engaged on household sun tasks from his Washington, DC, domestic.

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The terrestrial market was growing by 30 percent a year. Whatever happened to solar energy? Well, during the Reagan years the oil companies had bought it, and it was progressing quite nicely, thank you. Solarex was sold to Amoco, which made my friend Peter Varadi, Solarex’s cofounder, a very rich man. Jumping ahead a decade, to the millennium, I sat through an amazingly boring roundtable workshop at the World Resources Institute in Washington, where representatives from numerous nonprofit organizations and their young energy policy wonks endlessly debated whether or not the “energy policy and environmental community” should call for America to derive “10 percent or 20 percent” of its energy from renewables by the year ...

25 community is skeptical of proposing 20 percent for 2020, despite colossal advances in wind energy and photovoltaics, and the national-security–crazed Congress will not call for a mere 10 percent contribution by 2020. ” Plus ça change .... Not to end this chapter about US energy policy on a negative note, I must make reference to the amazing Solar Decathlon held on the Washington Mall, right in front of the Capitol, in 2002. It was sponsored by the DOE, BP Solar, and Astropower, the last wholly US-owned PV manufacturer (now GE Solar).

It can also boast of producing the first female suicide bomber, who traveled to India and blew up Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. This happened on my return trip to Sri Lanka. In Moratuwa, 30 kilometers south of Colombo, I met our project partnerto-be, Dr. T. Ariyaratne, president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, to whom I had been introduced by the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia, which offered funds to SELF to set up a pilot solar program. (W. ) Despite my earlier travels in Sri Lanka, I had not heard of Sarvodaya, one of the largest NGOs in South Asia.

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