clean energy

123, Allison Archambault, EarthSpark International | Solving Energy Poverty through Innovation

EarthSpark International is working to eradicate energy poverty. Energy poverty is the cycle of poverty that exist when people don’t have access to modern fuels, especially electricity. More than a billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. And even more people do not have access to reliable electricity. For many of these people, they spend a very large portion of their income on energy services such as kerosene, candles, batteries and cell phone charging services. EarthSpark International researches and develops business models that can spin-off and scale to address specific aspects of energy poverty. EarthSpark provides a pre-pay microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti. They serve over 2000 people…

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122, Sam Goldman, d.light | Affordable and Clean Energy for the Developing World

d.light provides access to reliable, affordable and clean energy solutions to the two billion people in the developing world without access to reliable energy. Both of Sam Goldman’s parents for the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Sam lived in several countries in Africa before he reached elementary school. He attended elementary school in Pakistan, middle school in Peru and high school in India. Dinner table conversations focused on child nutrition and improving farm efficiency. “I knew I wanted to link social impact with the environment and have a double bottom line wins,” he told me. “To do that, I needed to understand, for the poorest people in the world,…

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098, Gianluca Cescon, Devergy | Solar Micro Smart Grids

Solar Micro Smart Grids are Lighting up the Tanzanian Countryside After graduating from university in 2007, Gianluca Cescon and his friend Fabio De Pascale spent time backpacking in Guyana. As they made their way through small villages, they came across a number of broken solar power projects. Gianluca told me “The problem was not the money – it was the maintenance,” and “Where there is money, there is a business model.” After taking jobs in Amsterdam, Gianluca and Fabio could not let go of the idea of a better approach to solar power. They told one another, “Every day we spend not building the company we want to build, is…

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005, Rick Hooper, Barefoot Power | Clean Energy in Developing Countries

As a Vice President for Philips Electronics, Rick Hooper was actively involved in Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR. While in Thailand, he and his wife supported a local school and charity. There, he began to see the difference that for-profit companies can make. Today, Rick is the CEO of Barefoot Power, a for-profit social enterprise that assists people in developing countries to access affordable renewable energy while reducing poverty and creating new markets. Today, Barefoot Power has revenues in the tens of millions of dollars. In this episode of the podcast, we talk about: The trend toward and the challenges of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The ambition of the developing…

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005, Rick Hooper, Barefoot Power | Clean Energy in Developing Countries