By Neville Williams
If 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 international 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 offering nature’s power to terrible humans and via development companies to place the solar at their provider in useful, reasonable, and powerful methods. A eco-friendly power improvement narrative that's enjoyable and eye-opening, the booklet is additionally half autobiography. writer Neville Williams’ inspiring story of trailblazing innovation describes: • His founding the nonprofit sunlight electrical gentle Fund (SELF) in 1990, which promoted solar energy for a decade by means of constructing pilot sun rural electrification courses in eleven constructing international locations, together with Zimbabwe, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and China • His launching of the economic sunlight electrical mild corporation in 1997, which turned 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 jam-packed with colourful characters, the e-book additionally positive aspects 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 specified standpoint on international ideas to “energy poverty.” it is going to be illuminating to all attracted to the surroundings, improvement, renewable strength, socially in charge 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 presently engaged on household sun projects from his Washington, DC, domestic.
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We worked with Robert Redford to help promote his “Solar Film,” a seven-minute masterpiece of solar propaganda offering a new energy future. It ran in thousands of theaters that year as a public interest trailer. Today it is a curious artifact of a long-lost vision. At Gold Lake we filmed a US government public service announcement featuring Sa-Su-Weh in a tipi teaching his small son about the benefits of the sun’s energy. We intercut his solar paean with images of solar hot-water installations on Boulder apartment houses and wind generators in the Midwest.
The wholesale failure of these projects, described in the report, had given PV a bad name as a development tool. More than anything, reading this study convinced me SELF was on the right track. Engineers had simply not been able to conceive of using PV modules in a small and decentralized way, house by house. Thus, the companies like Solarex, ARCO Solar in California, and Total Energie in France, a division of the oil company now known as Total-Fina-Elf, had foisted their highly engineered megaprojects using solar photovoltaics on the various development agencies, including the UNDP, USAID, and individual country donors like SIDA, DANIDA, NORAID, NOVIB, CIDA, and GTZ.
He presented me with copies of a half dozen published books about rural development in which he offered A World of Darkness 43 his practical views on how to lift people from poverty and illiteracy. He believed in practice, not theory, unlike the economists who staffed most of the development agencies. Dr. Ari confounded his “bilateral” (single country) donors by having as his only “theory” the belief that poor villagers, if given the chance and the tools, could lift themselves out of poverty.