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STG President named D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow!

This month STG President Matthew Orosz was named a D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow to explore a new and exciting component of STG’s work: using our technology to improve the reliability – and reduce the cost – of rural minigrid projects. Over the next twelve months Matt and the team will be building partnerships, raising funds, and breaking ground on minigrid power systems at several pilot communities in both Lesotho and Tanzania.

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STG conducts specialized technical trainings, funded by UNDP GEF

Over 20 individuals were trained in computer aided design and use of STG’s new computer-controlled machine tools during the last part of our UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme funded Solar Training Program. Participants came from the National University of Lesotho, the Government of Lesotho, regional technical schools, and local businesses.

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STG completes installation of first CNC workshop in Lesotho!

The generous support of our funders enabled STG to open the first machine shop in Lesotho with computer-controlled machining capabilities, necessary for the manufacture of many specialized parts used in solar and other systems. The shop has a full suite of tools along with two milling machines (one CNC), a lathe, variable speed horizontal and vertical bandsaws, and a drill press. See updates and reports here: Solar Jobs & Energy for Health Clinics in Lesotho.

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STG permanently joins the Global Giving Community!

Thank you so much to all of our supporters who helped us raise over $10,000 during 2013 to fund key improvements to our partner’s workshop facilities and help STG secure a permanent spot on GlobalGiving! See updates and reports here: Solar Jobs & Energy for Health Clinics in Lesotho.

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UNDP GEF SGP Grant Kicked Off in Lesotho

During January 2013, STG kicked off implementation of a new technology transfer project in partnership with ATS and the National University of Lesotho (NUL), funded by the UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP). Thisproject includes a two-week solar short course for partners and stakeholders in Lesotho as well as construction of an educational concentrating solar power rig for use in new solar curriculum at the NUL.

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Solar Energy Research for the Indian Market

STG will be expanding its work to India through a partnership with MIT, NREL, and the IISc-Bangalore via a grant from the DOE’s SERIIUS (Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the US) program.

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STG Directors conferred PhDs

Congratulations to STG President Matt Orosz and Treasurer Amy Mueller who received their PhDs from MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in June 2012!

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STG Team awarded the 2011 National Energy Globe Award Lesotho

Read about the Energy Globe Awards here.

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STG President Matthew Orosz is named a 2012 Echoing Green Fellow

We are proud to announce that Matt was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship program for 2012 to push forward STG’s mission on a full-time basis for the next two years.

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Conference presentation

President Matthew Orosz presented STG’s work at the International Conference on Low-cost, electricity generating heat engines for rural areas in Nottingham, England.

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