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

By Neville Williams

If hundreds of thousands of individuals within the constructing global can use solar energy, why can’t we in North the United States? The query instantly arises from this interesting account of the author’s 12-year quest to carry solar energy and lightweight to humans within the constructing global who've no electrical energy. Chasing the solar is a narrative of dreamers and doers who succeeded of their undertaking to make the realm greater by way of supplying nature’s strength to terrible humans and by way of development agencies to place the sunlight at their provider in useful, cheap, and powerful methods. A eco-friendly strength improvement narrative that's enjoyable and eye-opening, the ebook is additionally half autobiography. writer Neville Williams’ inspiring story of trailblazing innovation describes: • His founding the nonprofit sunlight electrical mild Fund (SELF) in 1990, which promoted solar energy for a decade by way of establishing pilot sunlight rural electrification courses in eleven constructing nations, together with Zimbabwe, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and China • His launching of the industrial sun electrical gentle corporation in 1997, which turned the SELCO workforce of businesses that has conquer daunting demanding situations to carry sun electrical energy to 50,000 households in India, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam choked with colourful characters, the ebook additionally positive factors the keenness of maverick devotees to the renewable strength increase of the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties and their interaction with staid DC-based improvement associations, in addition to their exact standpoint on international ideas to “energy poverty.” will probably be illuminating to all attracted to the surroundings, improvement, renewable strength, socially liable company, and our destiny on the finish of the age of oil. Neville Williams used to be 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 family sunlight projects from his Washington, DC, domestic.

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Robin was visiting the falls with his family. We became friends, and he invited me to stay at his home when I later got to Johannesburg. We remained friends over the years and now, nearly 30 years later, I had come back to Africa for the first time and had looked him up. He immediately suggested we revisit Vic Falls together for a couple of days. We booked an Air Zimbabwe flight to Bulawayo, rented 27 28 C HASING THE S UN a car, and took rooms at that grand old Victorian pile, the Victoria Falls Hotel.

They failed because the power in the batteries could not be “managed” and delivered equally to all the households, despite sophisticated electronics, which tended to break down in any case. Before any other power solutions were offered them, the local people were already using car batteries, charged once a week in town, to run their TVs. They also knew that one PV module could supply their house. Thus, a 200-module array, engineered to A World of Darkness 37 supply Western levels of electric service to 20 houses and to satisfy the design parameters of Western engineers, could in fact serve 200 houses, one by one, with the subsistence level of power the houses actually needed.

He understood the problem and the solution. Now I had to raise money. “It’s a huge market, but these people don’t have any money,” he reminded me one more time. 3333 I didn’t have any money either, not even a salary or an office. With the Solarex grant I bought my first computer, a Zenith laptop with an 800 kB memory, and began writing grant proposals. To my great surprise, a couple of small foundations specializing in “environmental issues” came through with support, and SELF was off and running.

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