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Solavore’s Indiegogo Campaign will Fund Distribution of Solar Ovens in India, Cambodia and Kenya

Social Enterprise Announces Solavore Works Program for Developing Countries

solavore works kenya imageSt. Paul, MN – November 23, 2015 Solavore, LLC, a women-owned social enterprise committed to the manufacture and global distribution of 100% fuel-free clean cooking technology, announced that it is launching an Indiegogo campaign today to initiate a program called Solavore Works that distributes solar ovens to individual families in India, Cambodia and Kenya. Nearly 3 billion families today cook on indoor open fires, resulting in serious respiratory disease and climate-altering deforestation. Founded by former NeXT Computer and 3Com senior operations executive, Anne Patterson, Solavore™ is the manufacturer of the Sport solar oven, a 100% renewable energy solar oven.

Every solar oven purchased helps to fund a Solavore Sport somewhere in the world where an open fire is still the main kitchen appliance. Solavore Works is Solavore’s corporate social responsibility program that supports projects in the developing world. The benefits that Solavore Works brings to communities in the developing world include:

  • Respiratory health: freedom from common diseases such as pneumonia, which kills more women and children each year than malaria or AIDS
  • The removal of one of the main causes of deforestation in the developing world
  • Savings in energy expenditures, which can range up to 25-50% of a family’s budget
  • Water pasteurization and food dehydration
  • The ability for girls to attend school rather than spend their days collecting firewood with their mothers
  • Increased income generation, enabling a woman to sell the food that she bakes or dehydrates in her solar oven

“As a social enterprise, our approach to poverty reduction is more in terms of enabling opportunity and less in terms of aid,” said Anne Patterson, CEO of Solavore. “Not just a source of clean food, we expect these ovens to help their owners develop goods to sell in the marketplace, and local assembly of ovens creates jobs as does the sales, distribution, and support of new ovens.”

The Solavore Sport is a virtually indestructible, retained-heat box-type solar oven made of rugged, durable, lightweight injection-molded nylon resin. Surround insulation and two-pot capacity enable unattended, family-size year-round cooking. The included water pasteurization indicator adds clean water to the Sport’s versatility, along with slow-cooking, baking, and de-hydrating. The Sport solar oven is an industry leader in price, performance, family-size capacity and rugged durability. The solar oven, in conjuction with a small, efficient wood burning stove when sunlight is not available, can reduce a family’s fuel consumption up to 80%.

The campaign’s featured perk is BOGO – Buy One Solavore Sport for your family, Give One to a family in a Solavore Works program. In addition to this, a collection of perks carrying the outdoors, solar, travel themes include:

  • 100% Silk Scarf from Cambodia
  • Nick Brandt (Big Life) photo book, signed copy
  • Secrid Mini Wallet (contributed by SportiqueSF)
  • Fjallraven Backpack (contributed by SportiqueSF)
  • Silicone Solavore trivets/pot-lifters
  • “I’m a Solavore BAGGU” re-usable grocery bag
  • USB Recharger contributed by GoalZero
  • Kristin Laing Designs Solavore necklace
  • Nomad Portable Solar Panel contributed by GoalZero
  • 1 week yoga retreat in Culebra, PR
  • ThermoTent TT3 by ThermoTents
  • One Level-4 Standard Night
  • Solavore CEO Anne Patterson cooks for your social or corporate event

Via profits from the sale of the Sport in the developed world, Solavore aims to empower women through “caring capitalism”. Solavore will direct the funds from this Indiegogo campaign to Solavore Works’ developing country programs which will expand to develop micro-loans and other consumer finance programs.

ABOUT Solavore:

Solavore is a women-owned social enterprise whose mission is to promote clean-cooking technology around the world. The Solavore Sport oven was purpose-built by solar energy executives from 3M Corp. and University of Arizona for maximum efficiency, durability and ease of use. Solavore pledges to use its profits to remain independent and self- sustaining while providing clean cooking alternatives to the world’s 3 billion people who are still cooking over open fires. Over 20,000 Solavore Sport ovens have been deployed in 60 countries. Solavore is an active member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves and Solar Cookers International. For further information please visit Follow Solavore on Facebook at, on Instagram and on Twitter @Solavore.

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November 26 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • German household-scale battery maker Sonnenbatterie will soon provide buyers of the company’s household-scale electricity storage batteries, most of whom also have solar photovoltaic panels mounted on their rooftops, to automatically buy and sell energy from each other directly through a shared online platform. [Deutsche Welle]
German rooftop solar power.

German rooftop solar power.

  • One significant challenge to lithium-ion EV battery technology is coming from the lithium-sulfur field. A lithium-sulfur battery research project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has had sufficient success that Oak Ridge announced that it has signed an exclusive lithium-sulfur battery agreement with a startup called Solid Power. [CleanTechnica]
  • Stanford researcher Mark Jacobson has analyzed what it would take for each of the 50 states to go fully renewable. Normally, intermittency issues are expected to be handled by fossil fuel power and batteries. But the new analysis suggests we don’t need any of that, and we don’t need biofuels or nuclear, either. [Ars Technica UK]
  • The energy storage market is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting spaces in all of renewables. Two major developments highlight this. First, even that the most dysfunctional of American institutions, the Congress, is getting interested in energy storage. Second, Wall Street is putting money into energy storage. []
  • Developer Cape Wind has urged a US court to dismiss opponents’ appeal of its 468-MW offshore wind project in Nantucket Sound. The appeal is the latest in the plaintiffs “14-year crusade” against the project, which includes more than 30 administrative and court challenges, Cape Wind told a federal Court of Appeals. [reNews]
  • Biodico announced its new facility in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The plant is purportedly the world’s first biofuel production facility operating entirely on renewable heat and power generated on-site. It will go online the first week of December, to produce 20 million gallons of biodiesel fuel each year. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • US-based Envirofit was one of the first social enterprises to provide clean cookstoves, and it’s just recently sold its millionth unit. Rocket stoves are wonders of sustainability. They address dangers to human health posed by open-fire cooking; they also burn very small amounts of wood fuel, with low emissions. [CleanTechnica]
Image credit: Envirofit International via Picasa. CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Image credit: Envirofit International via Picasa. CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

  • An accelerated transition to renewable energy could limit the global temperature rise to below 2° C, says an International Renewable Energy Agency report. It says if renewable energy accounted for 36% of the world energy mix by 2030, half the emission reductions needed to limit warming to 2° C would already be met. [CleanTechnica]
  • The 300-MW Cestas solar photovoltaic project, located in the Bordeaux region of France, has now been fully connected to the electric grid, according to recent reports. Full grid connection was achieved with the connection of the last 12-MW portion of the project, which has a total of 25 different 12 MW project portions. [CleanTechnica]
  • Alaska is a vast wilderness of natural beauty. But it also holds more coal than all the other US states put together. As world leaders prepare to gather for a major climate change summit, plans to build an open coal mine that would cover 78 sq km (30 sq miles) surrounding a valued Alaskan river could be coming to a head. [BBC]
  • According to the California Air Resources Board, a leak that started October 23 at a Southern California Gas Company well accounted for a quarter of all the methane released by the state since it started. Estimates are that up to 50 metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas leaked into the atmosphere each hour since the leak started. [KCET]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The EU’s renewable energy requirements are forcing coal-based power plants to use biomass fuel. Swaths of woodlands in Southeastern United States are being cut down to fuel the biomass boom across the Atlantic. A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council points out that 15 million acres of unprotected forests are at risk. [Digital Journal]
Europe's biomass boom is putting American forests at risk. Photo by cuellar.

Europe’s biomass boom is putting American forests at risk. Photo by cuellar.

  • Sooner than it takes to build a nuclear power station, lithium-air batteries could be helping wind and solar to make coal, oil and nuclear obsolete, according to researchers from the Cambridge University. Five times lighter and five times cheaper than current lithium batteries, Li-air would open the way to our 100% renewable future. [The Ecologist]
  • Allianz CEO Oliver Baete said the company will no longer invest in companies if more than 30% of sales come from coal mining or if they generate more than 30% of electricity from the fossil fuel. Allianz manages about €1.8 trillion in assets, focusing on the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Britain and the Asia-Pacific region. [Newser]
  • To bring the benefits of solar energy to more of people, especially those who are not wealthy and who otherwise lack easy access to solar power, the Obama administration rolled out a national solar initiative last July. One of its key components, a private-public community solar partnership, is now starting to really come together. [CleanTechnica]
  • A research study has found that using more solar power in Arizona could save 15 billion gallons of water annually. Most of the water used in Arizona is for agriculture, but another common usage is for cooling natural gas, coal, and nuclear power plants. Obviously, operating rooftop solar power does not require such water use. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • An 8.5-MW solar power plant in Rwanda is designed so that, from a bird’s-eye view, it resembles the shape of the African continent. The $23.7 million (£15.6 million) solar field went from contract signing to construction to connection in just a year, defying sceptics of Africa’s ability to realise projects fast. [The Guardian]
The 8.5-MW solar power plant in Rwanda’s famed green hills. Photograph: Cyril Ndegeya / AFP for the Guardian

The 8.5-MW solar power plant in Rwanda’s famed green hills. Photograph: Cyril Ndegeya / AFP for the Guardian

  • In Climate Science, two of the three Democratic presidential candidates are ‘A’ students, while most of the Republican contenders are flunking, according to a panel of scientists who reviewed candidates’ comments. The climate and biological scientists did the rating at the request of The Associated Press. [Watertown Public Opinion]
  • Most people know global oil prices have crashed this year. This was caused by a massive supply glut created by ferocious production from OPEC and near-record US output. The oversupply problem is so bad that oil tankers waiting to be offloaded are piling up off the US Gulf Coast because there’s nowhere to put the crude. [CNN]
  • Battery costs are falling to the point that they are becoming increasingly viable as an option for uses such as supporting the stability of power grids. New electricity storage installed on to the grid to support renewables is likely to grow more than 60-fold from 196 MW of capacity now to 12,700 MW in 2025, according to Navigant. [Irish Times]
  • For the first time ever, over half of all new annual investment into clean energy power generating projects globally went toward projects in emerging markets, rather than toward wealthier countries. Emerging market investments in renewables hit a record annual high of $126 billion in 2014, up $35.5 billion from 2013 levels. [Jakarta Post]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Good news: Big companies are using a record amount of clean energy • In the United States, clean energy is already a booming business. Solar is the fastest-growing energy source in the country, and in 2015, total investment in renewable energy projects here reached nearly $40 billion. And big companies are getting involved. [Grist]
Shutterstock image.

Solar array, late on a summer afternoon. Shutterstock image.

  • The broken promises, politics of corn ethanol • The federal corn ethanol mandate, also known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, exemplifies how national politics play into an issue that makes absolutely no sense. The case against it is so strong that groups ranging from the Sierra Club to Americans for Tax Reform agree on it. [Modesto Bee]
  • Two years ago, a global energy company abandoned plans to build a $120 million pilot wind farm off Maine’s coast following opposition from the Governor Paul LePage. Now it is moving ahead with a similar project in Scotland. The decision is inviting an examination of what Maine may be losing in terms of jobs and investment. [Press Herald]
  • The Greens will seek to build momentum for more ambitious action on climate change by calling for the creation of a new government authority to help Australia reach a 90% target for renewable energy by 2030. The party has already adopted the goal, but the new policy document spells out how this could be achieved. [The Guardian]
  • Republicans are taking aim at a new “Green Climate Fund,” as they look to weaken President Obama’s hand in global climate talks later this month. The pot of money, a $3 billion climate change pledge the administration made last year, is something officials hope to bring to the negotiating table at United Nations summit in Paris. [The Hill]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Spain has made renewable energy a top priority, and the investment has paid off: 42% of Spain’s electricity came from renewable sources in 2013. The majority comes from wind power, but solar provided 13% of the country’s energy and is growing. Spain is also home to the largest solar farm in the world, Andasol. (Photos) [Tech Insider]
International Energy Agency photo

Birds, one resting on a solar thermal collector, at the largest solar farm in the world. International Energy Agency photo

  • By adopting bicycles and electric bikes for just 10% of urban trips, we would save some $24 trillion between now and 2050, as well as reducing GHG emissions from motor vehicles by about 11%, according to a report from the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. About 6% of urban trips are already on bicycles. [CleanTechnica]
  • The city of Portland, Oregon, has unanimously passed a new resolution to block the expansion of new fossil fuel storage and transport activities in the city. The resolution is the first of its kind to be passed in the US, and represents a pretty big victory for activists concerned about climate change. It can serve as an example. [EV Obsession]
  • The Massachusetts legislature recessed formal sessions for the year earlier this week without renewing a solar power incentive program. It leaves many solar power projects across the state in limbo. Lawmakers were torn between arguments from environmental activists and solar developers and lobbying by utility companies. [WAMC]
  • Though many believe the lifetime of a solar panel is twenty-five years, a number of older models have exceeded this. When Kyocera tested a 30-year-old module last year, it discovered it was still operating at 90.4% of capacity. There are 37-year-old Arco Solar (now SolarWorld USA) panels in operation. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • While many countries continue to drag their feet on reducing emissions, individual cities are taking the lead and setting ambitious renewable energy targets. Some have already made the transition to 100% renewable energy. Here in the US, four cities or population centers stand out as having gone 100% renewable. [EcoWatch]
Burlington, Vermont, runs on a mix of biomass, hydroelectric, solar and wind. Erika J Mitchell /

Burlington, Vermont, runs on a mix of biomass, hydroelectric, solar and wind. Erika J Mitchell /

  • The world could be powered almost entirely by clean, renewable energy sources in the space of a few decades, and two US engineers say they have figured out exactly how it can be done. One of them, Mark Jacobson, a civil and environmental engineer at Stanford University, has been granted two opportunities to speak at COP21. [ScienceAlert]
  • In Australia, a 1320-MW coal-fired power station has been sold by the NSW Government for just $1 million to a former ERM Power chief and a coal mining executive. As an illustration of how cheap this purchase price is, to replace such a coal power plant with a newly constructed plant would cost well over $2 billion. [Business Spectator]
  • A Public Citizen report, “Clean Power, Clear Savings,” shows that energy bills will fall in every state by 2030 as a result of the Clean Power Plan compared to a business-as-usual scenario, including the states contesting the plan. The Clean Power Plan, finalized in August, sets targets for reducing carbon pollution in each state. []
  • Analysts at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory devised a method for measuring the economic potential of renewable energy across the US. Using it, NREL has found that renewable generation is economically viable in many parts of the country primarily because of declining technology costs. [Windpower Engineering]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

VECAN Conference

VECAN’s 8th Annual
Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference

December 5, 2015 – 9:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Lake Morey Inn – Fairlee, Vermont

There are only 6 days left for early discount pricing, so REGISTER TODAY! Don’t miss the chance to connect with leaders across Vermont and beyond. Get a national lay of the land from Congressman Peter Welch and some inspiration and essential context from keynote speaker Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute.

The theme of the day is: A Common Agenda: Transforming Vermont’s Energy Future. The goal is to connect attendees to the information, programs and partners they need to help Vermont transition to a clean, renewable, 21st century economy. Find out far more and register at

Workshops range from seizing solar in 2016 to pricing carbon pollution, from pioneering rural transportation solutions to measuring, assessing and prioritizing energy action – and many more timely, informative sessions. Each workshop is aimed at building the expertise and capacity of grassroots energy leaders… and building the kind of broad, diverse public support for needed energy and climate action.
The conference also offers unparalleled networking opportunities, both with local energy leaders and Vermont’s leading clean energy businesses, organizations, institutions and state agency partners who generously help make this day possible.

Register today. Early registration prices end November 22!

Please spread the word to your fellow energy committee leaders and others you know who are rolling up their sleeves and partnering in the opportunity and responsibility to reduce our collective reliance on fossil fuels. With a common agenda and local leadership, Vermont’s energy transformation will be possible, affordable and work for our communities and landscape. See you in December!

Animals of the North & Climate Change

Saturday, Nov 21st, 2pm
Trumbull Hall, Etna NH
Kids and the curious of all ages won’t want to miss wildlife expert Sue Morse’s program, Animals of the North & Climate Change on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2pm at Trumbull Hall in Etna. Co-sponsored with the Etna Library, the Hanover Conservancy and Sierra Club Upper Valley Group. Sue’s knowledge and intimate photographic images of the wildlife of northern New England are legendary. Free and open to the public. Info: