In the quest to end global poverty through renewable energy, a lot of attention has been given to large international institutions and NGO’s. Let’s take a moment to spotlight some of the less lauded poverty-alleviation warriors: the people on the ground working tirelessly to better our world through renewable energy innovation and small business enterprise.
Sky Energy International (SKYei), Sunrise, FL
Founded by Roland “Mack” McLean in 2009, Sky Energy International brings renewable energy to the Caribbean and Africa in the form of solar and hydroelectric power. McLean’s company has established renewable energy bases in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Kingston, Jamaica. One of SKYei’s most defining achievements was the construction of a $5 million solar panel assembly factory in Addis Ababa last year.
Attic Flow Technologies, Laguna Beach, CA
This small California business installs energy efficient cooling systems through the use of solar attic flow technology, which uses a thermal switch to turn a fan on or off in response to changing temperatures in an attic. The owners describe the company mission succinctly, stating: “Our mission, no our passion is to help homeowners and businesses save money, energy, and the environment by providing quality, alternative cooling systems that are safe, durable, and cost-effective.” This technology creates an cheap way for poor American families to forego heating and cooling bills.
Windstream Power LLC, N. Ferrisburg, VT
Windstream Power LLC is an innovative renewable energy business operated by 14 people in rural Vermont. Since the 1980’s, Windstream has been manufacturing high-quality DC power systems, their trademark Human Power Generators, and Educational Light Boxes. In addition, Windstream produces the Permanent Magnet DC Generator which enables small wind and microhydro applications. DC power is an excellent source of renewable energy that is used in rural areas.
– Josh Forgét