Just last week, we introduced you to the LED solar pebble -- a dependable and easily transportable solar-powered light that can be used in rural areas that lack a steady source of electricity. Today, it's the solar refrigerator -- an equally fascinating and useful development that is also made for those same remote areas.
In Kibera -- often referred to as the largest slum in Africa -- you can find some one million Kenyans living without electricity. In an effort to address this shortage of power, two groups with a single bright idea are working to bring the benefits of solar energy -- and the spirit of the World Cup -- to Kibera's residents.
Solar power meets mobile phone technology and solves community water access problems in Kenya? Generally we leave international solar news in Connie's capable hands, but after stumbling across this, I couldn't resist sharing. Vodafone and African telecommunications company Safaricom developed the M-PESA phone-based money transfer system to enable customers to transfer funds via text message, essentially, without requiring bank accounts. But the M-PESA sytem may be doing more than move money about Kenya in the near future: it might be moving water.