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Published on May 2nd, 2008 | by Carol Gulyas


Building the Next Generation of Solar Experts — Here and in Central America

May 2nd, 2008 by  

resize2successful-installation-of-solar-panels-in-santa-librada-dec-2007.jpgHere’s a chance to support a great group making a direct, positive impact on the global community: Northwestern University’s chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World has done rural electrification work in the isolated community of Santo Domingo, Panama. In the words of the Northwestern students:

“We collaborate with the village to provide families with electricity generated by solar panels. We will train and equip community members to install and maintain solar panel systems in the 14 households that comprise their core community. From April 24-May 13, 2008, our Panama Solar Power project is participating in a contest to earn a permanent spot on Global Giving’s website, where donors can view global aid projects and contribute to their favorite ones. If you visit the Global Giving website at this link between now and May 13, you can not only contribute to the project but help assure it a future stream of financial support.”

I love supporting projects like this because of the magnified learning that happens: not only do the villagers get trained, but college students learn more than they could ever learn in a classroom; they learn how to collaborate with people in need and put them in control of their lives.


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About the Author

Carol Gulyas is a leader in the renewable energy community in Illinois, where she serves as VP of the Board of the Illinois Solar Energy Association. Recently she co-founded EcoAchievers -- a provider of online education for the renewable energy and sustainable living community. She spent 18 years in the direct marketing industry in New York and Chicago, and is currently a teaching librarian at Columbia College Chicago. Carol grew up in a small town in central Indiana, then lived in the Pacific Northwest, Lima, Peru, and New York City. She is inspired by reducing energy consumption through the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green building technology.

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