None of the [United Nations] Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can be met without major improvement in the quality and quantity of energy services in developing countries.(United Nations Development Programme: Newsroom: 2007)
To provide sustainable energy solutions for people with limited resources throughout the developing world.
Every man, woman, child, and family has the right to a comfortable and opportunity-filled life: a life that is currently out of reach for the many who cannot sterilize their drinking water without burning firewood, study after dark, or simply refrigerate their food. We aspire to make possible the life altering opportunities that electricity provides.
The complete electrification of the developing world, implemented with clean, renewable, and responsible infrastructure.
1. Establish community resource centers, or “Energy Camps,” in the developing world that will be the local bases of operation for our projects.
2. Guide and fund sustainable energy projects, so that the people of developing communities can reap the benefits of clean energy and electricity both now and in the future.
3. Create a community that spans oceans by connecting the people that we are serving to our volunteers, hostel guests, donors, and readers.
4. Empower Energy Camp staff and volunteers with experience and knowledge.
In a world of finite resources and fluctuating oil prices, individuals and communities in developing countries will benefit from energy infrastructure that is affordable, renewable, and clean. We will consider solutions that include, but are not limited to, solar, wind, or biomass technology.
It is our hope that the use and promotion of renewable technology in our projects, using local or regional suppliers whenever possible, will plant the industrial seeds for further growth and research. Fifty years from now the developing world should not find that is has squandered its valuable finite resources, should not be be suffering from contemporary pollution-related issues, and should not have to begin the shift from fossil fuel dependence to renewable energy. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has said to National Geographic News, "Africans should realize that they might actually be able to skip a stage of development. They don't have to go through the carbon-intensive phase. They can't afford it, unless they have their own oil resources....Wherever possible Africa should maximize the use of small-scale solar and wind energy."
Renewable energy will allow children to study that much longer, give hours of opportunity-filled life each day back to women who currently spend their time gathering firewood, and reduce pollution-related lung damage for those who simply need to cook their food.