Its amazing the ‘ripple effect’ a solar light can have.
When Steve Taylor provided a solar study light to James Hall when he was in Europe, who in turn shared it with John Martin from Qioptic back in the US, the ripple effect started.
John immediately thought that others, who share his passion for solar, should see and hear about these lights and the impact they are making in Africa. What better opportunity than the up and coming Photo Voltatic Specialists conference in Tampa, Florida.
John who was the Exhibits and Sponsorship Chair got in touch with Ryne Rafaelle and Chris Jannuzzi also involved in the conference to help make it happen.
But how were SolarAid, based in the UK, to have a presence in Florida USA in a matter of weeks?
John had someone in mind. Up stepped Kyle from California who immediately ‘got’ what SolarAid were up to as he has a brother working in Africa.
Kyle in turn got together a team prepared to give their time.
We sent over the artwork for posters and post cards that were printed locally and arranged solar lights (and kerosene tin lamps) for the conference exhibition. Tracy Tarant got them to the exhibit on time.
And it’s just as well. the SolarAid booth was “totally swamped” and enabled SolarAid to reach hundreds of PV professionals with a passion for solar.
So a big sunny thank you to the amazing team of volunteers who represented SolarAid in Florida, dedicating many hours in helping spread the word about our mission.
Kyle Montgomery, Nick Alexander and Susan Spencer, Souhib Harb we salute you.
Steve, James, John, Ryne, Chris, and Tracy thanks for making the ripple effect happen. We couldn’t have done it without you. That’s the power of solar!
And we hope the ripple effect will continue … from the interest successfully generated at PVSC in SolarAid’s work at and our mission.
So be careful when a solar light reaches your hand things will start to happen. It’s through the actions of people like this that we will eradicate the kerosene lamp by the end of the decade.