TanzSolar Receives Green Africa Award for Business

Last night, on the island of Mauritius, the annual Green Africa Award ceremony was held to recognize organizations championing environmental change in Africa and the Islands of the Indian Ocean Region.

TanzSolar received the Award for Green Business & Environmental Management. There are nine other categories recognized, including Cultural Heritage, Green Development & Land Use, Tourism & Hospitality, Innovative Technology, Green Media, Environmental Education and Natural Resources Protection.

Since 2007 TanzSolar has been working in the rural, northern regions of Tanzania to bring clean, renewable solar energy and electric lighting to village homes, schools and medical facilities. TanzSolar is a nonprofit Tanzania based company that has distributed over 7,000 subsidized solar-lighting systems. Nonetheless millions of rural households and businesses remain without access to electricity, so this work is just beginning.

In much the same way that cell phones have replaced the need for telephone lines throughout much of the African continent, solar electricity generation has the potential to eliminate the need for extensive power lines and central station electricity generation. Tanzania has a very limited power distribution system, reaching only 10% of its population of 45 million. Even with this limited reach there is often insufficient power available to supply the electricity required, resulting in regular power outages.

Solar energy, by contrast, is in abundant supply and getting more and more affordable. While it is still too expensive for most rural Tanzanians, with subsidies TanzSolar has been able to make this technology available. Of course, solar electricity generation has only flourished in the US and Europe because of subsidies, so it should come as no surprise that the Least Developed Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa should also require assistance. Solar electricity can enable environmentally sustainable development in Africa.

For more information about TanzSolar and solar lighting in Tanzania see: www.TanzSolar.org.
For more information about Green Africa Awards see: http://www.earthmauritius.org/#!__green-awards

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Neutrogena Grant Contest

TanzSolar was selected by Neutrogena as one of 3 Environmental projects to compete for a corporate donation program!  There are 9 projects in total, in 3 categories; Education, Environment and Disaster Recovery.  One project from each category will win the competition and will be awarded 1/3 of the funds raised.

Help us WIN the competition! It’s easy to vote and your vote will help TanzSolar to provide solar electric lighting to rural villagers, replacing the dangerous and highly polluting kerosene lanterns they currently use.

Please vote now!   Just click below and select  “Provide Renewable Energy in Tanzania“.

Neutrogena: Wave for Change

Help us spread the word!  This could be a big boost for TanzSolar and for thousands of villagers with no access to electricity.

Don’t forget to register any qualifying Neutrogena purchases to help raise money for this wonderful program.

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Welcome to our news posting link.

Welcome to our new online news center.  We are very excited about the launch of our new website and look forward to sharing regular updates and reports of our activities in the field.

This week TanzSolar received our second large shipment of individual solar lights for our village lighting program.  We completed the distribution of the first container of 5,400 lights just last month.  We ordered a shipment of batteries in March and have been replacing batteries in some of the older lights where the batteries are wearing out.  The batteries in the Nova S100 appear to last between one and two years.

Our first grant from REA, Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency, was completed in April.  We were very pleased with the results of this grant, and have posted our final report on those activities under the Government Partner section of our website.

In the US we were very pleased with the turnout for our fundraiser at the Berkeley Freight and Salvage, where Taj Mahal and Maria Muldar performed.   It was a good crowd and a wonderful concert, and TanzSolar raised over $3,000.  Two other nonprofit projects also benefited from this event.

Next week: stories from some of the villagers who are using the TanzSolar solar lights.

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