Apple VP Jackson visits ‘solar mamas’ in Rajasthan

“While Apple CEO Tim Cook was busy revealing his business plans in India, a top Apple executive was in Rajasthan this week, visiting ‘solar mamas’ and a rural school where students were imparted lessons on iPads,” IANS reports.

“Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, Lisa P Jackson who reports directly to Cook, visited the non-profit The Barefoot College in Tilonia, Ajmer,” IANS reports. “Founded by social activist Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy, The Barefoot College trains rural women in assembling and manufacturing solar lamps, hence called ‘solar mamas.'”

IANS reports, “It also connects rural communities to solar, water, education, professions and advocacy to help communities and individuals take control of their lives and the well being of their communities.”

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  1. The rest of the world will end up going renewable/solar more quickly than the U.S. We have the giant fossil fuel industrial establishment as a barrier to change. There are too many billions of barrels of oil and cubic meters of natural gas still resting beneath the ground that have not been tapped and converted into profits. Renewable energy is a clear and present danger to the value of proven oil reserves, plain and simple.

    1. For solar to really make a dent we’re going to need batteries on a scale not seen before. The problem with solar as it stands today is that it’s great during the daylight hours. But at night you still need traditional power plants. Without massive batteries to power factories and the suburban sprawl, power companies will be unable to retire those power plants, which is a big problem for them. As private citizens we are able to sell rooftop solar power generated during the day back to the power companies. Good for us. Not so good for the power companies. While their revenue falls as they sell less electricity to us in absolute terms, they must still maintain the very expensive power generation infrastructure even as it sits idle during the day. They would like to be able to shut down the idle power stations permanently, but they can’t because they still need the power generation capacity during the night.

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