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Published on November 14th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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Give Solar while Going Solar



 
go solar & give solar

A new program from Sungevity and Empowered by Light, ”Every Child Has a Light,” connects environmental goodness with social goodness. Who doesn’t like to be both and environmental and a social leader? How does the program work? Well, basically, Sungevity is donating a solar light kid to one Zambian school in need for each U.S. solar panel installation that it’s responsible for.

“Each Pharox solar light kit, a product of Lemnis Lighting, is a compact solution in a reusable package containing a triple LED lamp, a solar panel and a built-in USB connection to charge mobile devices.”

With lighting being a challenge for many Zambians, and dangerous and toxic kerosene lamps being a common option, this program will help cut the use of fossil fuels and improve Zambians’ local environments.

“Solar power is a sustainable way to light up a child’s world.  The program allows us to empower communities with alternative energy sources that can fuel both their everyday needs and their future prospects,” said Danny Kennedy, Sungevity president. “When going solar also means giving solar, it’s a powerful opportunity to reduce our energy footprint and utility costs locally while also enabling healthier, safer living globally.”

“At Empowered by Light, we think its possible for some developing nations to literally leap-frog decades of fossil fuel development and use,” said Marco Krapels, Empowered by Light co-founder. “We are thrilled to partner with Sungevity to bring solar power to the people of Zambia and help make this vision a reality.” Leapfrogging fossil fuels — one of my key points in my “Energy Opportunities” interview for CNBC and Harvard Business Review.

Solar Light Kits in Zambia photo via Empowered by Light

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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