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The use of energy from renewable sources in areas of Kenya that are not connected to the national electric network, has a positive impact on the scholar outcomes of those populations and their family economical balance. This is what the Power-education project praises, co-founded by a group of young Italian talents (Enel Foundation and Enel G.P. presented the project at EXPO Milano in the occasion of Kenya national day). Paola Sturla, landscaper and architect, is one of them; she graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan and Harvard. “With this project we propose to find a relation between access to renewable energy and development indicators, particularly we are interested in focusing on how rural electrification can be an economical and social growth vehicle in sub-saharian Africa”. A pilot experiment that started with the diffusion of solar panelling lamps among students of certain rural areas. The first phase involved 12 schools and 350 students in southern Kenya and has already highlighted how the positive effect of scholar results also generates benefits on the families of the considered students. In Africa 620 milion individuals don’t have access to electricity; over 85% of them lives in rural areas that are not connected to the national electricity network (only for a third of them a plan of electrification is expected). “The energy poverty that characterises these territories slows the development in local communities and it has a negative impacts on life standards of the population which doesn’t have access to sanitary premises, education and women empowerment”. Launched in September 2013, in cooperation with the hubs of Rome and Nairobi from the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Enel Foundation and GIVEWATTS, the project will continue with a second phase that will involve 60 schools and 2.300 students in the Kisii county of occidental Kenya. It will allow to deepen the knowledge of the effects of the involved students parents’ employment, by further investigating the impacts of solar energy on families.
Up to today 1.100 lamps have been distributed in 70 off-grid rural villages, supplying a sustainable access to electricity to approximately 5.500 individuals.
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by Giuliana Zoppis
News, events, products and services for an innovative and conscious lifestyle:
all that can give an ecologic shift to everyday actions with responsibility, curiosity, creativity and the desire of improving us and the world we live in.
This is the section led by Giuliana Zoppis, architect, journalist and expert of ecodesign, biobuilding and socio-environmental sustainability. In 2006, together with Clara Mantica , she founded Best Up the first chain for promoting the sustainable living.