Pop-Up Solar Triangle Aimed At Remote Areas

According to the U.N., one person in five still lacks access to modern electricity and twice that number – 3 billion people – rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating.

In a speech to the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi at the start of the year, the U.N. head said, energy was “the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and preserving the environment,” impacting “food security, health, education, transport, communications, water and sanitation.”

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The U.N. estimates that some 1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, and another billion suffer with unreliable electrical power.

According to Enel, a million people worldwide are already receiving sustainable electricity from its Enabling Electricity program and the company, has begun construction work of the geothermal plant located in Cove Fort in southern Utah, says it aims to double that figure by 2014.

Paul Willis has been journalist for a decade. Starting out in Northern England, from where he hails, he worked as a reporter on regional papers before graduating to the cut-throat world of London print media. On the way he spent a year as a correspondent in East Africa, writing about election fraud, drought and an Ethiopian version of American Idol. Since moving to America three years ago he has worked as a freelancer, working for CNN.com and major newspapers in Britain, Australia and North America. He writes on subjects as diverse as travel, media ethics and human evolution. He lives in New York where, in spite of the car fumes and the sometimes eccentric driving habits of the yellow cabs, he rides his bike everywhere.

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