Thank you to all of our supporters!
You helped us raise over $7,300 during April to support improvements to our partner's workshops and secure a spot for STG on GlobalGiving. Read more about the project here (first report available July 2013).
STG (previously operating as the Solar Turbine Group) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts whose mission is to provide technical, financial and intellectual support, assistance, and training to projects and organizations focused on bringing sustainable energy technologies to communities across the developing world.
Access to an affordable, distributed, renewable form of energy generation can improve productivity and quality of life in rural villages, clinics, schools, and organizations without increasing their carbon footprints. The development of a solar technology that can be locally customized, manufactured, and distributed will promote local economies while extending energy access beyond the traditional electricity grid.
We aim to help doctors and nurses in rural villages provide improved care to their patients - lights for extended hours, power for improved tools and medical records - affordably, renewably, and with benefits to the local economy. To meet this goal, we have developed a novel solar energy technology that is sized to provide electricity and hot water to off-grid clinics and schools and which can be completely manufactured locally. Since 2005 we have been working with local, regional, and international partners to develop and test this technology in the field in Lesotho, southern Africa. At the same time, technology training for local partners has led to a staff capable of undertaking local manufacturable at a cost competitive with PV panels. We are currently finishing construction and validation of our first user-test installation at the Matjotjo Village Health Clinic in the Berea District of Lesotho, starting a new technology training program for 2013, and helping partners scale manufacturing for their first commercial sales - deliverable late 2013.
- STG permanently joins the GlobalGiving Community!
Thank you so much to all of our supporters who helped us raise over $7,300 during April to fund key improvements to our partner's workshop facilities and help STG secure a permanent spot on GlobalGiving. We have a team heading to Lesotho in May to get this project underway and are looking forward to reporting back!
- New photos of STG's ongoing work in Lesotho and in Florida have been posted! View Pilot Clinic photos from January 2013 and Eckerd College photos from Summer 2012!
- UNDP GEF SGP Grant Kicked Off in Lesotho: During January 2013, STG kicked off implementation of a new technology transfer project in partnership with ATS and the National University of Lesotho (NUL), funded by the UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP). This project includes a two-week solar short course for partners and stakeholders in Lesotho as well as construction of an educational concentrating solar power rig for use in new solar curriculum at the NUL. Photo at right: STG intern Zara demos our two-axis solar tracker.
- STG Joins SERIIUS Consortium STG will be expanding its work to India through a partnership with MIT, NREL, and the IISc-Bangalore via a grant from the DOE's SERIIUS (Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the US) program.
- Congratulations to STG President Matt Orosz and Treasurer Amy Mueller who received their PhDs from MIT in June 2012.
- Fellowship Award! STG President Matt Orosz has been named a 2012 Echoing Green Fellow!