Social solar innovations give insight into how solar energy has the potential to transform how people access (and are given access to) electricity in the Majority World. In many parts of the globe, the sun is an abundant resource but it isn't harnessed the way it could be the most effective in making renewable energy available to those who don't have access -- and that's one in five people who lack access to electricity.
The United Nations recently released a report called Sustainability and Equity, which called for universal access to renewable energy. What's more, the UN emphasized how gender inequality affects sustainability. "Evidence suggests that if all women could exercise reproductive choice, population growth would slow enough to bring greenhouse gas emissions below current levels," says the report.
These social solar innovations point to the importance of not only recognizing the inequalities that exist between and within countries, but also trying to do something about it through solution-driven initiatives.
From Illuminated Education Incentives to Kerosene-Replacing Lamps
Tiana Reid — November 3, 2011 — Social Good
Illuminated Education Incentives
Selco Solar Provides Developing Countries an Opportunity
Finding Infinity is Sponsoring Eco-Conscious Festivals Around the World
Rural Power Fixes
Solar Energy Lights African Huts and Changes Lives Far from the Grid
Low-Cost Solar Lanterns
D.Light Design Wins Ashden Award for a Lamp Brighter than Kerosene
Design-Focused LED Lanterns
â€˜d.lightâ€™ Offers Affordable Solar Lamps to Rural Communities
The iUnika Gyy is Comprised of Bioplastics & Biodegradable Materials
Energy Poverty Entrepreneurs
Solar Sister Targets Women to Sell Lamps and Improve Livelihoods
Nuru Uses LED Lights to Create Jobs and Promote Safety in Rural Rwanda
Solar Panel Home Lights
The Kiran Solar Lamp Recharges in Just 8 Hours
Solar-Powered Water Purifiers
Swedish 'Solvatten' Ensures Sipping Safety
SODIS Water Filters
Simpa Networks Offers Solar Power to Underserved Markets in India