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Online Training Provides Renewable Energy for the Developing World Education

Posted by: april
January 19, 2011

By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Solar Energy International's International Program Director

Renewable energy technologies can help solve many problems faced in the developing world, especially with education, health care, agriculture, and micro-enterprise. Implementing renewable energy projects and integrating those projects with applicable solar training in rural areas sustainably can make a huge difference in improving, and often saving, lives.

If you've always wanted to bring your skills and experience to these communities, our upcoming online course, "Renewable Energy for the Developing World," is a great way to get started. You will learn about how solar cookers are being used in refugee camps around the world, how rural farmers are generating cooking fuel with animal waste, how the sun can be used to provide safe drinking water to communities, how small solar electric systems are saving lives at rural hospitals, and how small loans are helping poor families start renewable energy microenterprises, and

However, implementing projects in the developing world takes more than just understanding the technology. This six-week online course covers technology transfer methods, setting up infrastructure, the economics and financing of renewable energy projects, and monitoring and evaluation. There are hundreds of organizations working around the world in renewable energy, and in this course you will learn from their successes and failures.

Whether you already work in international development, or are completely new to the field, this online course will open your eyes to many of the possibilities and projects out there. Former course participant Linda Cullen, from Fifty Lanterns International says, "This course has filled in many of the missing pieces I need to become more efficient when implementing projects in the developing world as well giving me another tool set for funding and monitoring future projects. I got so much out of the class, the knowledge gained has taken my work to another level of thinking."

 Register for Renewable Energy for the Developing World - Online here.

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