Going Solar in Zimbabwe! Sajed Kamal returns from launching a solar project

Thursday February 8, 2018

Boston Area Solar Energy Association (BASEA) is proud to announce the return of Sajed Kamal from a solar project in Zimbabwe. Sajed has sown the seeds of solar development in several regions of the world, always with an eye toward future growth, involving local communities in the enterprise. We are happy to be associated with his impactful efforts and we offer our February Forum in his honor, to share stories from this great adventure. In his own words:

"Invited by Kuhlubuka Development Trust, an organization (growing out of the United Church of Christ of Zimbabwe) with a mission to combat climate change, create jobs and promote sustainable economic development, I went to Zimbabwe as a volunteer consultant to launch a pilot solar energy project to include educational presentations and workshops, train a KDT Solar Energy Team, and lay a foundation for the project's future expansion. Traveling deep into the rural heart of Zimbabwe, the team installed solar PV systems at a village hospital, a primary school, and four village homes. I also conducted a solar cooker demonstration/workshop and shared a delicious solar-cooked spiced rice dish with a group of villagers and project folks!

My hosts took me for sightseeing tours to mingle among some fellow creatures (from a safe distance), visit ruins turned national monuments (testifying to the country's glorious past) and stand under gigantic balancing rocks, the geophysical explanation of which remains a mystery."

Come to the February BASEA Forum for a visual tour of the lush, mountainous, fertile and expansive landscapes of Zimbabwe. Be inspired by what can be achieved-and how quickly-when a handful of people, distanced by geography and with limited resources, but united by a vision of a compassionate, sustainable and peaceable world for all, come together. Marvel at safe encounters with Leo the Lion, the hissing Black Mamba, curious baboons, munching giraffes, a friendly herd of zebras, and more! All ages welcome.

Presenter: Sajed Kamal

Sajed Kamal, EdD, author of "The Renewable Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future", has been involved in the renewable energy field internationally for more than thirty years, setting up projects in the USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia, El Salvador and now, Zimbabwe. He has taught at universities including Brandeis University, Boston University, Northeastern University and Antioch New England Graduate School, authored more than a dozen books and many articles in a wide range of areas. A long-time BASEA board member, in 2007 he was awarded Boston's first annual "Mayor's Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection", in 2008 a "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in 2012 the "Rachel Carson Award" by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light. "The Greener Issue" of The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine on September 28, 2008, featured him as one of the "Six local heroes whose work is having rippling effects-at home and far away-in making the world a better place."