21 May '11, 12pm

Going off-grid delivers power to the poor without costing the Earth - Earth Times

Going off-grid delivers power to the poor without costing the Earth - Earth Times

Among the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that all 192 members of the United Nations have signed up to achieve by 2015 is the target of significantly increasing the number of people with access to a reliable energy source, no matter where they are in the world. As with all of the MDGs, this is hugely ambitious (some would say overly so). Indeed, to gain an appreciation of the task facing the international community, the World Bank's figures show that, with only five years left until the self-imposed deadline for the accomplishment of the targets, some 1.4 billion people worldwide still have no direct access to a power source. Additionally, hundreds of millions more only have access to unreliable sources of energy, hampering health drives, education and economic development in the places where these are needed the most. As if the challenge laid out by the eight go...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/energy/going-grid-delivers-powe...

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