International renewable energy & water Projects
Green Empowerment grew out of the legacy of Ben Linder, a young engineer killed in Nicaragua who was working on rural development projects in the 1980s. Since then, Green Empowerment has worked with two non-profit partners to combat poverty by bringing electricity, potable water, and watershed protection to more than 31,000 Nicaraguan villagers.
Despite having an abundance of solar and hydro energy resources, 70% of rural Peruvians lack electricity and nearly all people suffer from water shortages. We have been working in Peru since 2003 to resolve inequities in access to electricity and water by introducing appropriate and imaginative technologies to 15 villages.
Our involvement in the Philippines began with a micro-hydro project on Mindanao and has expanded to include three partnerships on three islands serving hundreds of communities.
Since 2003, solar systems have been installed in rural health clinics and hospitals in the conflict zone along Burma’s border with Thailand. The medical clinics have served 175,000 patients who depend on these remote, spartan clinics for treatment of landmine injuries and infection along with all other medical needs.
In Ecuador, we have completed solar electric projects to protect the environment on the Galapagos Islands and to serve the isolated Shuar people in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This year, we worked with CARE to launch a biodigester program, which converts animal waste into usable power.
The Village of Chel, once ravaged by conflict, now powers their own light and electricity, from a 165kW microhydro plant. This project was a pioneer in the voluntary carbon offset market.
We brought micro-hydro power to the community of Long Lawen, Malaysia in support of their traditional, self-sufficient way of life under dynamic conditions that included environmental threats by industrial building and palm oil plantations.
A Multi-Country Approach: As globalization connects countries and civic groups with the flash of a button, it is increasingly important to encourage the exchange of ideas and information between geographically distant non-profits who face similar challenges. We employ a multi-stakeholder approach that stimulates creative and sustainable solutions for all.
RedBioLAC (Network of Biodigesters for Latin America and the Carribean) is a network of that brings together institutions related to applied research and dissemination of anaerobic biodigestion in order to stimulate the comprehensive treatment and management of organic waste to improve the welfare of the rural peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.