Solving the First-Cost Hurdle for Photovoltaics in a Developing Country
In this presentation, Doug Vilsack, CEO and Founder of Elephant Energy, will describe background experiences with photovoltaics introduction in Namibia. In part with support from USAID, this has included the unique use of cell phone transfer of small payments based on usage. Mr. Vilsack will describe how important photovoltaics is in bringing secure nightime lighting to some of the most remote villages in the world. As its founder, he will also describe the difficulties in starting and growing Elephant Energy - with its emphasis on renewable energy, also as Eagle Energy in the Navaho Nation. Mr. Vilsack will close with observations as the first director of the Posner Center, Denver's new center for promoting international development assistance.
About the Presenter
Doug Vilsack is the founder and Executive Director of Elephant Energy. Formerly he worked with the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver in the practice areas of environmental law, Indian law, and renewable and alternative energy law. Doug focused on environmental and energy-related issues while attending the University Of Colorado School Of Law and continues to work with students at the University on a variety of energy-related projects. Doug first traveled to Namibia in 2005 to work for the World Wildlife Fund and has returned on numerous occasions to continue his work with community-based conservation organizations. Prior to his work in Namibia, Doug attended Colorado College. Today, he is the first Director of Denver's new Posner Center.
The address is listed above, but some people have had issues with Apple or Google maps taking them to the wrong location. The address is 538 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203. The Tavern Uptown is directly across the street from Steuben's at the corner of 17th Avenue and Pearl Street in Uptown. We will be in the Pool Room (which is the private room in the back along 17th Avenue).
The meeting format will be as follows:
6:00-6:30pm - Social time and networking
6:30-6:45pm - Announcements
6:45-7:15pm - Presentation and Q&A
7:15-7:45pm - Wrap up and networking
During the announcements, we always welcome attendees to share announcements they have, including upcoming events and job openings with their organizations, so please come prepared to share with the group.
Light appetizers will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
This meeting is free for CRES members, and a donation of $5 is suggested for non-members.