- Nicola Armacost, Arc Finance. arcfinance.org
- Asim Buksh, Buksh Foundation, bukshfoundation.org
- Max Lacayo Cortes, Ecami S.A., ecamisa.org
- Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Awards, ashdenawards.org
Moderated by Christopher Neidl, Solar One, solar1.org
Expanding access to basic energy services is an essential precondition to meeting the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015. Today, the indicators of progress are sobering: nearly a quarter of the global population lives ‘off the grid’ without any access to electricity, while a significantly larger share benefit only from limited availability. At the same time, the likelihood of widespread investment in conventional, large-scale power infrastructures remains remote even in the long term in most regions. As a result, new approaches are emerging from points across the globe that bear little resemblance to traditional models of either development or electrification.
Solar technologies, such as photovoltaics, represent an increasingly important element of this transition. Fueled by an abundant, local and free energy source, solar is a distributed form of power that can be rapidly and economically deploy in areas without access to conventional energy. In this discussion, a panel of experts, each actively leading enterprises that aim to empower rural, energy poor regions with solar technology, will provide insight into the opportunities and challenges that characterize their work.
The event, hosted by Solar One, took place at the Steel Case showroom in Columbus Circle, Manhattan on the evening of September 24th, 2009.
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