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Sharing our motivations, best practices, lessons learned, and achievements

   17th Apr 2017

USI board member Ed Witkin visited Kenya and Zambia in late February of this year to lead trainings for World Vision staff. They focused on installing solar panels on water pumps that were previously installed by World Vision in a few communities. Below are his accounts of his second day in Kenya.  On day two of […]

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   23rd Mar 2017
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President Trump has been a long-time climate change denier. We know this from his rants during his campaign, his tweets —his most famous being that the global climate change is just a “Chinese hoax”—, and from Trump’s writings in his book titled Crippled America. I’m glad our President has the environmental knowhow to make an […]

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   10th Mar 2017
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Seeing a lot of people show up to support the great cause of USI’s Lug-a-Jug event on an early Saturday morning was a pleasant surprise, it showed that a lot of people care. I believe that making people empathize is one of the most effective ways to raising awareness on issues like this. Here’s the […]

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   20th Jan 2017

As some of you may know, United Solar Initiative has been working on a partnership with World Vision to provide solar powered water pumps to rural communities. USI not only donated solar panels, but also facilitated training in the transportation and installation of the solar powered systems. The training occurred over four days of June […]

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   12th Jan 2017
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Would be the world’s largest roof-mounted solar installation  Jan 11, 2017, 9:20am EST Tesla plans to power its Gigafactory in Nevada with a 70-megawatt solar farm, according to a company investor relations document obtained by Electrek. The document, which The Verge confirmed was genuine, was given to analysts at a tour of the Gigafactory last […]

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   30th Dec 2016

United Solar Initiative has recently committed to donate a 13.3 kw solar array for the Hospitality House in Boone, N.C. This is the largest system USI has plans to install to date. Zach Sprau, a graduate student at Appalachian State University and project manager for USI, led the initial efforts for this installation with Jack […]

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   11th Jul 2016
Suni Solar installers setting up a 300-watt system on San Antonio de Upa, a primary school in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

My journey with United Solar Initiative began in January of 2015 when Alex Wilhelm, founder and co-president of USI, and Charlie Egan, project development coordinator of USI, gave a presentation to my class about what USI is. They spoke about the non-profit’s plan to help replace dangerous kerosene lamps used in remote communities in Nicaragua […]

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   25th Jun 2016
9/11 Memorial in Pittsboro, NC

When the town of Pittsboro got a piece of the World Trade Center, they got a much larger piece than they anticipated. The large steel beam was delivered in 2011 by a semi-trailer and it was set up as a memorial to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The beam is angled towards its original home […]

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   23rd Jan 2016
Young boy at water pump / well. Samba Diallo, age 7. Sansacoto Village.

United Solar Initiative could not have found a better fit. When World Vision originally reached out to United Solar Initiative, members of USI knew good things were in store. World Vision, the largest nonprofit provider of clean water in the world, is making strides to expand its efforts in drinking water provision. The organization recently […]

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   23rd Dec 2015
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For the majority of Americans, living entirely without access to electricity is a thought that almost never comes to mind. In a country where livelihoods revolve around the energy grid, going without access to devices as simple as light bulbs seems unfathomable. But for 1.2 billion people on Earth, access to energy is not an […]

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