In 2005, President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to turn ideas into action and to help our world move beyond the current state of globalization to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. By gathering world leaders from a variety of backgrounds, including Nobel Peace Prize winners, leading global CEO’s, major philanthropists and foundation heads, directors of non-governmental organizations and prominent members of the media, CGI has created a unique opportunity to channel the capacities of individuals and organizations to realize change. To fulfill the action-oriented mission of CGI, all members devise practical solutions to global issues through the development of specific and measurable commitments to action.

And this is where Nextek comes in: In 2007, Nextek Power Systems, Inc., and its partners committed to designing, building, testing and installing a solar-assisted lighting system for a secondary school in Tanzania, with the goal of reaching 10 schools across the country and implementing a similar plan in Rwanda.

With our partner, E3 Labs, we sent a team to Tanzania in 2008 to determine whether the school in question was a good candidate for a lighting upgrade. What we discovered however, was that the majority of the electricity use at the school was for security lights at night, not in the classrooms during the day. We then reframed our commitment to deliver more efficient exterior lighting to the school initially, to be followed by interior lighting. We also learned that better air circulation was needed in the school, and we therefore planned to supply the school with our circulating DC ceiling fans (the Vari-Fan and Vari-Cyclone Fan) along with the new lighting, all on the same solar-assisted circuit.

The Nextek Team In Africa.

Using this solar-assisted lighting system as a model, Nextek will do the same with local partners in 10 schools across the country. In neighboring Rwanda, a school will be selected for such a system, which Nextek will again design, build, test, and install. Nextek will further provide 100 hours of engineering consulting services to the William J. Clinton Foundation in its work to improve the Rwandan Grid's accommodation of efficient and robust microgrids, which will empower Rwandans through better design. The goal is to allow these customers to benefit from their nascent grid as it improves while delivering to them a portal to use their own power generating and storage devices, currently a disorganized, un-integrated system.

Using this solar-assisted lighting system as a model, we plan to do the same with local partners in ten schools across the country. In neighboring Rwanda, a school will be selected for such a system, which Nextek will again design, build, test, and install. We also plan to provide upwards of 100 hours of engineering consulting services to the William J. Clinton Foundation in its work to improve the Rwandan Grid's accommodation of efficient and robust microgrids, which will empower Rwandans through better design. The goal is to allow these customers to benefit from their nascent grid as it improves while delivering to them a portal to use their own power generating and storage devices, currently a disorganized, un-integrated system.

By installing microgrids in Africa, Nextek will be bringing best practices in grid design and management to Rwanda and Tanzania, providing leadership for the expansion - and sometimes establishment - of a first quality, high efficiency, and flexible power infrastructure in Africa.

In a few weeks, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) will host its’ 2009 Annual Meeting. This year’s focus will be on four action areas – points of collaboration and intervention – that will help create economic value for our members and society:

  • Harnessing innovation for development
  • Strengthening infrastructure
  • Developing human capital
  • Financing a sustainable future

Each Action Area will allow CGI members to focus their shared knowledge, resources, and skills to find economically sustainable solutions to global challenges in the areas of education, energy and climate change, global health, and poverty.

Our CEO, Paul Savage, will attend this event and share our mutual vision of highly efficient, flexible DC power in Africa and beyond.

For more information on the Clinton Global Initiative visit: www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

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