Turn on the Lights: Solar Powering Sudan

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Inside USD -- According to the International Energy Agency, over 20 percent of the global population – 1.4 billion people – lack access to electricity. For the other 80 percent of the world, the movement towards greener climates and sustainability has countless people turning off the lights, reducing water consumption, reusing, recycling, and refining. Yet the IEA data provides a stark reminder that for some inhabitants of the world, just turning the lights on is still a very real necessity.

And that’s where four University of San Diego engineering students come in. As this year’s Engineering Programs’ 2011 senior project, Emmett Perl ’11, Enrique Rayon ’11, Mou Riiny ’11, and Michael Rios ’11 plan on creating an alternative, clean energy solution for the village of Theou in southern Sudan. It will ultimately provide a community with electricity for the very first time. (Full Story)