Bringing Renewable Energy to Africa March 25, 2012 : 8:08 PM

An exciting step toward delivering energy and solar power to new areas of the world:

“It's long been established doctrine in international development circles that diesel engines are the most cost-effective tools for pumping water and powering villages.”

“But Robert Freling has been turning that doctrine on its head. The executive director of the Washington-based Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), Freling has proven that solar power can be more economical than internal combustion engines, if the cost-benefit analysis looks beyond the short term. Exhibit A is SELF's development project in Benin, a small country in West Africa.”

Source: National Geographic