Force Solaire Foundation

Force Solaire Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to: 
Providing Clean Energy to People in Need Around the World
Today, nearly 1.2 billion people in the world lack access to electricity. Our goal is to help this unfortunate population help themselves through education, training, technology and innovation.

Access to Electricity

  • Energy alone is not sufficient for creating the conditions for economic growth, but it is certainly necessary. It is impossible to operate a factory, run a shop, grow crops or deliver goods to consumers without using some form of energy. 
  • Access to electricity is particularly crucial to human development as electricity is, in practice, indispensable for certain basic activities, such as lighting, refrigeration and the running of household appliances, and cannot easily be replaced by other forms of energy. 
  • Individuals’ access to electricity is one of the most clear and un-distorted indication of a country’s energy poverty status.

The Electricity Cost Dilemma

The cost of access to electricity

To deliver universal access by 2030, new capital investment of about $35-40 billion a year is needed. This is in addition to worldwide annual investments of about $450 billion just to sustain energy services at current levels.

The cost without access to electricity

The number of people without access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to rise to 90 to 100 million in 2030. 
  • Without access to energy service, the poor will be deprived of the most basic of human rights and of economic opportunities to improve their standard of living. 
  • People cannot access modern hospital services without electricity, or feel relief from sweltering heat. Food cannot be refrigerated and businesses cannot function. 
  • Children cannot go to school in rain forests where lighting is required during the day. The list of deprivation goes on and on.

The Worldwide Energy Challenge

  • Over 1.2 billion people - 20% of the world's population - are still without access to electricity worldwide, almost all of whom live in developing countries. This includes about 550 million in Africa, and over 400 million in India. Access to electricity must be environmentally and socially sustainable. 
  • About 2.8 billion people use solid fuels—wood, charcoal, coal and dung—for cooking and heating. Every year fumes and smoke from open cooking fires kill approximately 1.5 million people from emphysema and other respiratory diseases.
  • Replacing wood and coal with electricity could help reduce poverty and pollution.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help people without access to electricity help themselves through education, training, technology and innovation. We have created the Force Solaire Academy that will provide:
  • Free online education for anyone anywhere
  • University-level education
  • Training for entrepreneurs and innovators
In collaboration with the leading online academy, our online course offerings include courses covering:
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Economics and Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
Additionally, the Force Solaire Foundation will support people by:
  • Building solar-powered lighting
  • Providing advanced energy storage systems
  • Supplying portable power stations
  • Fostering and promoting Innovation
  • Sponsoring entrepreneurship 
  • Providing start-up funding for entrepreneurs 
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