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Opportunity: Export small solar systems to Africa...

Small scale solar energy systems can bring essential energy to 1.5 billion people who currently have ZERO access to electric lights, cell phone recharging...and your smart innovations for better living.

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Solar systems in the US are sold for tens of thousands of dollars per unit. That's a huge transaction with complex elements.

How about a tiny energy unit that charges a cell phone and a few lights? Can your small business handle that scale solar system?

If you can, you might have an opportunity in exporting solar solutions to families in developing nations who currently have ZERO access to energy.

Take for example, families in Kenya. They and families like them make up 1.5 billion people around the globe who still live without electricity. Including 85% of Kenyans.

The technology is now powerful enough to make tiny solar systems productive -- helping students learn their schoolwork better. Helping small business people sell their wares. Helping communities improve productive local food production. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Just a few years ago, Mr. Maina, of a Kenyan village said, “solar lights” were merely basic lanterns, dim and unreliable.

“Finally, these products exist, people are asking for them and are willing to pay,” he said. “But we can’t get supply.” He said small African organizations like his do not have the purchasing power or connections to place bulk orders themselves from distant manufacturers, forcing them to scramble for items each time a shipment happens to come into the country. Source: The New York Times

It's time to think small and think big at the same time. Scale at the macro level, and the micro level. With renewable energy solutions, you can help people lift themselves out of poverty. They want solutions.

Do you have a small solution that you could export to many people?

The federal government has many programs that help entrepreneurs learn how, where and when to export. Check out the many state and federal programs such as:



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