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ENGIE and Watts of Love Team Up to Fight Darkness with Solar Lamps

All around the world, more than 1.1 billion people live in darkness when the sun goes down. In Guatemala, a staggering 20% of the population is deprived of electricity—a basic necessity most people take for granted. ENGIE Resources and Watts of Love have partnered together to bring sustainable solar lighting to remote villages without access to power in Guatemala. ENGIE Resources if the third largest retail electricity in the United States and has a rich history of philanthropic giving. Watts of Love is ...

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Help Light up Tanzania with the Some of the Best Solar Lights

Light up Tanzania, a solar-based campaign lead by the nonprofit organizations Lalafofofo and Last Mile, have partnered together to provide the best solar lights to Tanzanian communities in East Africa. Villagers in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania live in extreme poverty and have to endure 12-hour stretches of pitch darkness on a day-to-day basis.

Lalafofofo’s primary mission is to create and oversee economical, small-scale service projects through recruiting and educating families in Silicon Valley, California to assist with service projects. Additionally, Lalafofofo maintains 8-10 ...

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Solar Airplane Traverses Atlantic Ocean

Bertrand Piccard has just completed the first traversal of the Atlantic Ocean in an entirely solar-powered airplane. The story is fascinating. Merrit Kennedy of NPR writes:

Piccard had to try to avoid clouds, or fly above them, so that the plane could use the sun's power to charge its batteries. The plane also climbs to higher altitudes during the day, collecting potential energy, and then uses that stored energy to descend to lower altitudes as night falls. As the team explains, that's "a ...

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Are Solar Panels a Good Fit for Your Home?

John Weaver has written an informative guide to installing solar panels on your rooftop for Elektrek, beginning with some information designed to help you discover if solar panels are a good fit for your particular home. Rooftop installations aren't right for everyone:

While the National Renewable Energy Lab thinks the US can get 40% of its electricity from rooftops – they estimate only 22-27% of residential roofs have solar power potential.

If you've ever considered taking some amount of your household's power generation ...

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Solar May Leapfrog Fossil Fuels in Developing World

In POWER magazine, Lee Buchsbaum writes that investment in renewable energy sources hit an all-time high in 2015, particularly in developing nations. Indeed, in areas where traditional power grids are still coming online, the changing economics of generation may lead to a situation in which solar and wind "leapfrog" fossil fuels:

According to a Mercatus Energy Investment Management’s Global Advanced Energy Insights Report, the $12 trillion flooding into the market over the next few years—mainly into the developing world—is funding an “energy ...

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