Milestone Posts

SOL5 Oven a Kakuma Refugee Camp with UNHCR

Posted Tuesday 28 March 2017 by Urs Riggenbach.

This is the first time we demonstrated a SOL5 inside a refugee camp, marking an important milestone on our path to make solar energy more accessible.

Last week, Lorin and Heikki of GoSol.org demonstrated the SOL5 Solar Oven in the Kakuma refugee camp at the the United Nations High Commission for Refugee’s offices.


Autodesk Foundation supports GoSol / Solar Fire

Posted Wednesday 3 August 2016 by Eva Wissenz.

Our team is very happy to announce that the Autodesk Foundation (USA) has committed to support our work with a USD 100,000 grant and a very exciting support program.

And here is what Autodesk’s team is saying about our work: "We’re impressed with Solar Fire’s design-driven approach to bringing commercial-scale solar thermal to Kenyan small businesses. A simple but powerful design + technical rigor + end user feedback = true impact."

The discussion with Autodesk team started months ago and in April they were able to go Kenya, meet with Lorin and World Vision team. They could check directly our work and after a few more phone meetings and intense questions/answers process they said "yes". It’s very important for us because our project is ambitious, as ambitious as the problem we want to solve, and Autodesk Foundation can connect us with important players, help us improve so many aspects of our work and we are going to learn a lot!

But first of all the support of Autodesk team enables us staying focused on impact and accelerating on the ground, starting in Kenya. We want to thank all our business partners, our first sponsors, all the members of the GoSol community, and all our families and friends who supported us and believed in our vision to spread solar energy among all.



World Vision’s video presenting our work in Kenya

Posted Tuesday 28 June 2016 by Eva Wissenz.

In this beautiful video you are invited to understand fully what we have achieved in Kenya with the cooperation of Weconomy and World Vision Kenya.

One month after the end of this first phase, the communities have adopted the tech even faster than we thought and the women would be very happy to train others on how to build their solar concentrators. Enjoy!


Building the Direct Solar Economy

Posted Thursday 26 May 2016 by Urs Riggenbach.

Discover what has been accomplished in Kenya in partnership with Weconomy, Suomen World Vision and World Vision Kenya. It’s so powerful to see that these bakers and organic peanut butter producers. They are the seeds of an emerging direct solar economy.


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