From Carbon-Negative Stoves to Sustainable Sanitation Systems

 - Nov 23, 2011
This top list of renewable energy enterprises spans a breadth of innovations that hope to make clean and affordable energy more accessible in the Majority World.

Many of these social enterprises, like Solar Sister for example, incorporate an entrepreneurial ethos into their business model. More specifically, Solar Sister helps to move women from the passive to the active in terms of technological use and consumption by providing them with a "business in a bag."

These renewable energy enterprises are part of a larger initiative to eliminate the use of kerosene lamps, which are dirty, dangerous and expensive sources of light. Indeed, the UN's annual Human Development Report argues, "Clean energy offers the potential to alleviate poverty, reduce health impacts from indoor air pollution and drive social and economic development, while mitigating energy's impact on the climate."