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Solar Mamas

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Solar Mamas

  The Barefoot College is an Indian NGO which specializes in simple solutions to develop rural communities all over the world.  One barrier facing many rural communities today is electricity and light.  Many light their homes with open kerosene lamps which emit black noxious gas and are a distinct fire hazard- often tripped over causing houses to burn.  Having even one LED light in a household means increased health of the family, the ability to extend working hours beyond daylight which means a significant increase in income and also allows students to study for more hours.  The potential for change is great. This is one of the solutions Barefoot College pursues.  The NGO has recruited grandmothers from these underdeveloped communities and trained them for six months to be solar installers.  Each of these woman after training is capable of installing and maintaining 50 systems a year.  For a cost of $3 a month, a family can invest in a solar installation which would be installed and maintained by these self-titled Solar Mamas.  The group  has brought electricity to 600 households– just about the same amount that we have! The beauty of this NGO is not only it’s capacity for great, sustainable change and development in these rural communities, it is also in the empowerment of women in these communities.  This program educates and empowers woman to important roles in their own communities– a much different approach than temporary foreign aid simply setting up a solar panel. Learn more about this program and Barefoot College...

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First day of COP21 in Paris

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Today is the beginning of the two week conference in Paris in which 185 countries come together to decide how to tackle the challenge of climate change.  How will we mandate a decrease in fossil fuel use while continuing to support less developed countries?  This year, 2015 was the decided deadline; the year in which we make an agreement on how to move forward.  The conference includes world leaders, scientists, lobbyists and representatives from businesses, industry, and agriculture along with environmental groups culminating to the staggering number of 40,000 people.  Key issues to be focused on will be: limits, fairness and money.  Limits for the amount of warming we can let happen, fairness in terms of developing countries wanting the access to fossil fuels which boosted now developed countries, and where support money will come from.  For more facts about the conference click here. We hope that after these two weeks that the world leaders and all involved will come forward with innovative and meaningful solutions for the world.  This is the time to act boldly.  Stay tuned for...

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Passing 400 PPM

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This morning we discovered an absolutely shocking update: this week marks the last week we or anyone alive will experience an atmosphere below 400 ppm (parts per million) carbon.  Even if we halted all emissions today, the momentum of what has already been released would bring atmospheric numbers to a new level of normal.  “As a human, though, passing both the 400 ppm and (potentially) the 1°C threshold within such a short time period makes it clear we are already living in a different world. We have blown past targets that were being considered as viable when I entered graduate school. We have significantly reduced the options available to us in the future. If we aren’t going to blow past the next set of thresholds — 500 ppm and 2°C — within just a few more decades, we have a lot of work to do in Paris in two weeks and beyond.” Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University responding to a question posed by Climate Central. With news like this, it is easy to become overwhelmed.  We must remember that there are solutions: generating clean electricity, permaculture designs, living simply, mitigation and adaptation working hand in hand, and holding our elected officials to the standards we hold ourselves to.  What can we create from this age of challenge and overwhelming odds to foster a resilient and viable future for our children, grandchildren, and all the world’s ecosystems?  Act for solutions.  Let this be our impetuous for a truly better future. Read more about the atmospheric bench mark...

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Vermont is Helping You Join Community Solar

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Vermont is Helping You Join Community Solar

Vermont Public Service Department’s Clean Energy Development Fund has introduced a new financing program for Community Solar participants.  Unsecured or secured loan options are available with terms up to 15 years and amounts up to $40,000. Interest rate buy-down amounts will be subtracted from VSECU’s current VGreen loan rate. VSECU lending staff will work with borrowers to determine suitable financing for the project or purchase. Standard underwriting criteria apply.  For more information and applications, click...

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Updates from the Field

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Updates from the Field

Fairhaven Community Solar progress!...

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