Puerto Rico. MSA Renewtech Foundation (India) and the United Clergy Task Force (UCTF) (US) responded to requests from faith-based communities in rural Puerto Rico for community-sized solar cookers. With private funding, coordination by UCTF, training by Mr. Pranav Gadhia of MSA Renewtech, and bilingual technical instructions, curriculum, and survey tools from SCI, ten congregations of more than 100 people each are being trained in the assembly and use of the PRINCE-40 parabolic dish solar cooker.
Puerto Rico. In late April, Ms. Anne Patterson, SCI Global Advisor, will deploy 25+ Solavore solar ovens to from Punta Santiago the Toro Negro rain forest and Morovis. Most of these places are still largely without power and families spend disproportionately on fuel for generators. Monitoring and evaluation are incorporated into this project to track results. The evaluation tools used in these projects can be downloaded from www.solarcookers.org. Also available in Spanish from SCI.
Georgia. National Science Teachers Association conference. SCI Associate Mary Buchenic, with Susan Schleith, and Penny Hall of the Florida Solar Energy Center, will present "Solar Cookers: Educational Tools for 3-D Learning”.