Tsunami Solar Light Fund Launched

As the immediate Tsunami emergency relief efforts begin to fade for the ravaged coastal villages along the Indian Ocean, new sources of funding for the reconstruction of homes and communities are urgently needed. To help meet these challenges and to provide a critical solar energy infrastructure component, RenewableEnergyAccess.com has teamed with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and SELCO India to initiate the Tsunami Solar Light Fund.

Through online donations the Tsunami Solar Light Fund will provide solar home systems for 1,500 homes plus 25 community street lights for the Tsunami shattered coastal area of southeastern India in the Tamil Nadu region. Entire coastline communities in the region were destroyed, where more than 10,000 people died and 5,000 are still reported missing. Give Now! “With a need so great and our quick access to such great partners, this call for help could not go unanswered,” said Jim Callihan, president of RenewableEnergyAccess.com. “We feel that it is imperative for us to reach out to our worldwide online renewable energy community and give them a chance to help rebuild Tamil Nadu — especially with solar”. According to Harish Hande of the Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO) India, who is the in-country project manager for the Fund, “Now that the emergency relief organizations have done their job, the long term rebuilding for our region’s villages is up to the people who live here. A critical infrastructure component to our success is clean, solar power. We want to rebuild in the right way, and the power to light one bulb or power a radio can change one’s life forever.” The Fund’s immediate goal is US $250,000, and contributions are fully tax-deductible (in the U.S.). Through a unique partnership with the Washington D.C.-based Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), 100 percent of all online donations will go directly toward the ultimate goal reconstructing the Tamil Nadu area with clean, renewable energy. The project’s in-country procurement and solar power installations will be managed by SELCO India. Give Now! As a worldwide online renewable energy news and information service, RenewableEnergyAccess.com is targeting this relief opportunity directly to its Web site’s dedicated online community of 30,000 registered individuals and businesses, and 100,000 monthly site visitors. In addition to immediately raising funds online at http://www.RenewableEnergyAccess.com/tsunami, the Fund will use the Internet’s aggregating power to promote the Fund to a greater audience. “We need to get the word out quickly about this pivotal opportunity to shape the course of the Tsunami reconstruction in a location-appropriate, sustainable way”, said Callihan. “We are asking everyone that we know, directly or indirectly connected to renewable energy, to help us in this effort.” To help promote the Fund, RenewableEnergyAccess.com has created banner advertisements so that Web sites worldwide can link to information about the Tsunami Solar Light Fund. More information about the free, easy-to-install banners is available at: http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/tsunami. A press release about the Tsunami Solar Light Fund is also available upon request. Give Now! RenewableEnergyAccess.com visitors will be able track the project’s progress through a Project Chronicle with regular contributions from Harish Hande and other correspondents. It will cover the renewable energy community’s collective contribution, the Fund’s growth, solar system installation teams, photos of progress, community growth and the families that will share in the “miracle” of solar energy.
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