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GivePower is a nonprofit organization founded by SolarCity. We use clean energy technologies to deliver the most essential community services to the developing world.
Our mission is to leverage solar applications to improve people’s lives in impoverished communities by impacting these seven sectors: education, water, health, food security, economic development, telecommunications and conservation.
See how you can partner with us to address these seven sectors by using innovative solar solutions.
In rural Nicaragua, solar water pumps can provide water for reforestation. This is key in protecting the watershed, which can ensure that wells are continually replenished (and don’t dry up) and reverse the damage done by erosion. Also, the water from the pumps can support sustainable organic food production by irrigating bio-intensive gardens.
In remote islands of Indonesia, solar microgrids can improve island communties’ main economies of fishing and rice production. They can power mills locally, so that small-holder farmers don’t loose margins from moving grain between larger towns and the islands for processing. Solar microgrids can also refrigerate storage for fish to minimize food spoilage, ensuring that there is more food available for the community.
In many rural areas with low incomes, health facilities are often inadequate. Solar power can address many of these challenges, like the unavailability of doctors, deficient light for safe childbirth and lack of refrigeration for vaccines. Solar can also provide a basic internet connection, connecting rural health centers to doctors in more populated areas.
GivePower has installed solar systems in over 1,500 schools to date. Schools with power can attract superior teachers, increase the number and type of classes and help students connect with the world. One of our largest program partners, BuildOn, provides adult literacy classes, vocational training and measure results ensuring that our school projects have the greatest impact on the community they serve.
GivePower will partner with Empowered By Light and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundations to provide solar energy to Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Home to nearly a quarter of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga is Africa's oldest national park and most biologically diverse protected area. Clean, reliable energy will help safeguard the great mountain gorillas and other endangered species.
In Ghana, we’re partnering with a local solar company to develop a 30kW solar power system for an ICT college and tech incubator program. Solar power will provide the type of reliable electricity needed to ensure these aspiring technology entrepreneurs have access to the tools necessary to learn, collaborate and build successful companies that create local jobs.
By partnering with mobile network operators, our solar solutions can increase access to information and lay the foundation for the use of mobile money. We can make digital payments, transfers and pay-as-you-go infrastructure a reality. This will decrease travel costs associated with buying and selling goods, sending money to distant relatives—allowing farmers to retain more of their earnings to improve livelihoods.
GivePower has given over 300,000 individuals access to electricity in over 13 countries.See What Else We’ve Done
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Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It's the light that children study by; the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It's the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs.
This agenda is firmly rooted in the ability of a woman to seek medical care in a hospital, knowing that the lights won't go out. This is an agenda about being able to turn the irrigation pump on for the small farmer in a desertified part of the developing world. This is about being able to put the light on, do the homework, graduate…
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.