Solar Panels To Educate UN Youth At Conference

The 17th session of the Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) is coming up; and, regardless of the session’s diplomatic outcome, the SunPower Foundation and Greenpeace Africa are taking advantage of this year’s sunny location to showcase the virtues of solar power.

The SunPower Foundation has announced the donation of four SunPower solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to power two mobile solar demonstration units during the COP17 in Durban, South Africa from November 28 through December 9. The panels will be installed by 30 local youth during a two-week  training course led by Greenpeace, in which students will learn about renewable energy technologies, social entrepreneurship and the contents of Greenpeace’s Energy (R)evolution report. Each solar-powered demonstration unit will power various multi-media technology devices, including televisions, laptops and sound systems.

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The SunPower Foundation, the non-profit arm of SunPower Corp., focuses on charity issues around solar, partnering with the likes of Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and Partners in Health (PIH), to develop community-based solar power initiatives around the world.

The SunPower Foundation has also agreed to equip the Greenpeace Africa Johannesburg headquarters with its own rooftop PV system later this year.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).