|Updated: 11/24/2005; 11:42:47 PM.
Sustainable Energy for Development: People, organizations, and projects active in environmentally benign energy sources for developing countries.
Monday, September 23, 2002
Solar Power Is Reaching Where Wires Can't: NYT Sep 2001 article links rural power and telecom: "Business has long been keenly aware of the potential of providing energy to deprived areas. And interest in narrowing the world's much-discussed digital divide, between the connected and the unconnected, has only made the opportunity more inviting... Two billion people, roughly 30 percent of the world population, are off the energy grid, living in areas without utility services. And a billion of them have the means to pay for power, said Prof. Daniel M. Kammen, (Berkeley)... Strategies Unlimited predicts that the leading companies in the industry will continue to have revenue growth of about 20 percent a year from these markets. That will make the remote rural market alone worth roughly $2.5 billion by 2005." Examples:
- In July 2001 Shell Solar signed an agreement with Beijing's Sun Oasis Company to supply systems for up to 78,000 households in western China
- Over the last two years, the Grameen Bank financed interest-bearing loans to people in 30 villages to buy "Internet connectivity products like solar panels and phone equipment". Loan payback rate is 90%.
- Solar-powered education equipment is credited with improved results in a South African school.
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