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    April 23, 2018 | 9:00 AM

    Sun Power: How Solar Tech Is Empowering People Around the World

    Take a look at what’s happening in three different countries – South Africa, Nicaragua, and Brazil – to see just a glimpse of how pioneering thinkers have leveraged the power of the sun to improve everyday life in their communities.

    1. South Africa

    The Rethaka Foundation exemplifies the new breed of business now emerging in South Africa, where profit is not a driver but a result of doing good in the community.

    With its Repurpose Schoolbag, Rethaka puts this ethos into action, upcycling used billboards into backpacks with solar panels and lights that already enable over 10,000 young people living off-grid to study after dark.

    2. Nicaragua

    In the rural town of Sabana Grande, Nicaragua, a group of women known as the Solar Mothers of Totogalpa have joined with landmine survivors from the country’s civil war and farmers. Together, they’re seizing the power of solar energy to bring electricity, jobs, business opportunities, and climate-smart cooking to the community.

    3. Brazil

    As a volunteer in Mozambique, Henrique Drumond learned that, “[E]ven a small gesture can cause a huge impact.” It’s a lesson he took to heart, and brought home with him to Rio de Janeiro, where he launched the social enterprise InSolar to empower residents and businesses in Rio’s Santa Marta neighborhood with affordable solar energy.

    Learn the Facts about Renewable Energy

    It’s clear: solar energy can be a powerful force for changes around the globe. But thanks to Big Polluters, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about renewable energy. But you can do your part by spreading the facts!

    Download our free renewable energy fact sheet, where we explain what you need to know – What exactly is renewable energy? How is it different from fossil fuels? And more. Then, talk to your family and friends and help put misinformed myths about renewable energy to rest. Download the free fact sheet today!

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