Cheap shared solar centers.
To fortify the notion of holistic renewable energy solutions. I wish to contribute the idea to establish "Solar operating centers" run by councils / local authorities in each residential areas especially in poor countries in Africa /Asia.
The idea is to give an option for people using fossil fuels particularly areas where communities use firewood to have alternate source.
The community will use the center to prepare food paying small charge like shared laundry centers. In Somalia cutting trees not only damaged environment , but likewise damaged food security of the nomadic due to recurrent droughts
Esatblishing shared "solar centres" run by local may accelerate transition from our current reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy
the idea is as briefly described is to establish "Solar run cooking centres" These centres will manned and run by local authorities in each residential areas and community members will minuim charge to prepare their food. It is just like shared launderies where people put money to wash their cloth.
Drinking "unsafe water even though solar heated"
I nwsih to ask the community " how feasible is and particularly the hygenic / food safety side?
What community does this idea benefit and who are the main players?
This will benefit the whole community at large and particularly those who use "Fossil Energy" . It will save time and likewise will amplify as other energy sources to reduce environmental degradation and emission of co.
The key players are the local authorities , health supervisors and other environmental scientific researchers and energy suppliers who will go further to test whether this could extended to homes. The idea is to see if develop into pipeline energy where each area could be supplied at certain times of the day
How does your idea specifically help your community rapidly transition to renewables?
This idea definitely will help poor people currently using "Firewood" in Africa and Asia who don't have access to other sources of energy. And if tested it will definitively lift a great burden on the environment.
As briefly mentioned above, In Somalia and like countries majority of population in the rural areas depend upon "Firewood" for all food preparation as well as lighting.
You will find a big local restaurant using big wooden stacks of firewood or charcoal which is running as a fire for the whole to prepare simpler things like tea or coffee.
What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
I am willing to try a smaller or medium size- solar dishes to distribute it to 300 or more villages which currently depend on firewood and who are willing to use - Solar energy because in addition to diminishing environmental degradation and cutting trees which adversely reduced the rate of rainfall. The communities are willing to change and try solar energy to minimize the fire damage liability which is 80% likely to occur on daily basis.
The revenue or proceeds collected will go back to the community to maintain the centers and also to be used for other communal activities like purification of water sources by digging more wells.
What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?
I welcome academicians and solar energy experts as well as community at large to hone the idea with me taking into consideration that cutting in Somalia has become so flourishing business and unfortunately terrorist and self appointed war lords have made millions of dollars through charcoal business by selling charcoal at Middle-east.
Assisting these small towns and villages with centralized solar cooking dishes will likewise discourage the population to refrain from cutting because that will give them another source or option to new sources of energy.
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