5 Ways to Support Clean Energy and Give Back this Holiday Season

At Renewable Energy World, we understand that the holiday season can be a time when our readers want to give back and help people in need. In the spirit of giving, we have prepared a list of organizations that not only work to promote renewable energies, but also support community wellness and overall environmental health.

Below are five organizations that demonstrate how innovations in solar, wind, microgrid, biomass and hydropower technologies can go a long way in delivering clean resources in developing countries and making the world a better place for future generations.

Take a moment to learn more about their good works and consider making a donation today.

If there is a clean energy nonprofit organization that you want to tell our readers about, tweet your recommendation to @REWorld.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Renewable Energy World.

Solar Lights

clean energySolarAid is an international charity that combats poverty and climate change by providing access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of the world and building a movement to eradicate the kerosene lamp, according to the organization’s website.

While kerosene is not classified as a human carcinogen, the World Health Organization says its use in lamps can be irritating to the eyes and skin; may cause respiratory irritation; and under chronic exposure, may cause other severe health issues.

According to SolarAid, just one solar light can transform the fortunes of one family and replace a kerosene lamp; leading to savings of around $70 per year, and improving health, education and the environment.

Spread a little light this holiday season by donating to SolarAid here.

Connecting Off-Grid Communities

clean energyIn a recent Renewable Energy World article, Ron Podmore, co-founder and co-chair of the IEEE Smart Village, explained that the IEEE Smart Village Initiative and its collaborators have devised technologies, business models and processes to bring solar photovoltaic power and community-sized microgrids to off-grid communities, typically at lower cost than they pay for kerosene and candles.

According to Podmore, the goal of the IEEE Smart Village initiative is to bring not only SunBlazer with portable battery kits, but also solar home systems and 24-volt DC and 220-volt AC microgrids to local entrepreneurs in off-grid communities who can implement a successful business plan with them.

You can become a part of the IEEE Smart Village effort in two ways:

  • Make a direct donation to IEEE Smart Village here. Your donation will help local entrepreneurs transform lives in remote off-grid communities.
  • Contact IEEE Smart Village to become a volunteer. IEEE Smart Village needs volunteers willing to travel to off-grid communities around the world to build solar and microgrid systems and identify and encourage local entrepreneurs. Volunteers are needed for marketing, fundraising and operations. If you would like to join the effort in any capacity, fill out the IEEE Smart Village online questionnaire.

Biomass Cooking

clean energyInStove implements clean and efficient institutional cookstoves based on biomass technology in order to improve human health and ensure food security in the world’s poorest communities, according to the organization’s website.

InStove’s wood and biomass burning institutional rocket stoves offer an alternative to traditional cooking techniques. They are safe and stable, and vent to the outdoors to protect people from the effects of indoor air pollution, the company said on its website, adding that their design reduces fuel use by up to 90 percent and harmful emissions by more than 90 percent to reduce the time, cost and dangers associated with collecting fuel.

In 2015, InStove was endorsed by the World Health Organization.

By making a donation here, you will be supporting the organization’s ongoing initiatives in Haiti, Kenya, Mali, Uganda, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

Water Power

clean energyPractical Action supports poor communities in rural areas by promoting micro-hydro schemes that generate up to 500 kW of power and provides an affordable, easy-to-maintain solution to energy needs, according to the organization’s website.

Micro-hydro power is the small-scale harnessing of energy from falling water, such as steep mountain rivers, to generate power for homes, hospitals, schools and workshops.

Practical Action believes that access to energy is a vital stage in the development of remote villages, and that access can lead to improvements in education, sanitation, healthcare and the overall standard of living.

The organization has developed micro-hydro systems with communities in Peru, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, and Kenya, the website said.                                 

You can help make a micro-hydro project a reality by making a donation here.

Wind Energy and Wildlife

clean energyThe American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) works to support the responsible siting of wind power projects and ensure the full benefit of those projects on wildlife and the environment, according to the organization’s website.

AWWI said on its website that it leverages a unique collaboration of wind industry leaders, science and environmental organizations, and wildlife management agencies to deliver solutions in three main areas: technological innovation, science for policy and practice, and information exchange, that help avoid, and where necessary, reduce wildlife impacts related to siting and operating wind farms.

Among the solutions developed by AWWI this year is a new mitigation tool for eagles, the organization said in an October statement. As part of AWWI’s Eagle initiative, the organization published a modeling tool that advances the science needed to facilitate wind energy development while conserving eagles. The model can also support broader eagle conservation efforts beyond wind energy.

Your donation here will support AWWI’s work, which generates technological innovation, policy-relevant science, and outreach and education.

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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