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“Promoting Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Saha Global and the African Photovoltaic Project

In some countries, electricity is a scarce commodity and clean water is non-existent. Saha Global empowers women in rural communities to solve their village's need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities. How do they do it? By bringing leaders from around the world to Ghana through their Global Leadership Program where they train local women to launch profitable social enterprises.

All of the revenue from these businesses stays in the community and is managed by the women entrepreneurs. To date, Saha has launched 71 clean water businesses and 5 solar electricity businesses, which empower 164 women entrepreneurs who serve 38,108 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today.

The African Photovoltaic Project grew out of the struggles faced by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) working in Africa. Prototyped at the Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center in Ipswich, MA, photovoltaic systems have been installed at sites in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At these remote villages, having a clean source of electricity has raised the level of safety, especially in the clinics, maternity wards and schools. Life is more livable for the sisters and the people.

Solar energy can make an enormous impact in rural locations, directly displacing the use and expense of kerosene and diesel fuels. Saha Global and the African Photovoltaic Project have dramatic stories to share and show at the next BASEA Forum. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!

Kate Clopeck is the Executive Director for Saha Global. Since 2005, Kate has worked extensively on water improvement projects around the globe including Nicaragua, Cameroon and Ghana. She earned a Master's of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT in 2009 where her research was focused on the sustained use of water treatment technologies in Northern Region Ghana. She holds Bachelor's in Science from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to founding Saha, Kate was an associate engineer at Aerojet, an aerospace firm located in Virginia. Kate is passionate about finding simple yet effective solutions to complex problems. She loves running marathons, traveling, and the island of Nantucket. She currently splits her time between Ghana and her hometown of Boston, MA.

Sister Leonore Coan is the Mission Support Director for the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She develops resources for unfunded and underfunded ministries of the Congregation. Sr. Leonore has been a teacher and administrator for twenty-two years in elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Worcester Diocese. She has worked professionally with developmentally challenged adults in a workshop setting as well as volunteered for a number of years with Special Olympics.p>

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The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is convinced that New England's primary dependence on non-renewable energy sources is costly to our environmental, social, economic and political systems.

Therefore, we foster the design and use of solar and sustainable energy technologies through education, advocacy and the demonstration of practical, cost effective techniques.

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