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"Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities" to Be Explored at Santa Clara University Conference

Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 8, 2010 —Entrepreneurs, investors, and energy experts will discuss efforts and obstacles to bringing renewable energy to underserved consumers worldwide, at a conference organized by Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS). 

The conference, “Power to the People: Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities” will be held April 22, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

The conference brings together social benefit entrepreneurs, investors, policy innovators, and technologists to examine the technologies- and business- and policy initiatives that will enable consumers across the economic spectrum— including Third World populations and U.S. communities that may soon be unable to afford their energy bills— to have access to renewable energy.   

Among the conference highlights:

*Keynote speaker Paul Holland, clean-tech venture capitalist with Foundation Capital of Menlo Park, Calif., will explore proven techniques for transforming early-stage start-ups into thriving businesses. 

*Elaine Delio of the World Resources Institute will launch a new report on emerging business and finance models for bringing clean-tech energy to the underserved in developing countries.

Other speakers:

*Kurt Yeager, executive director, Galvin Electricity Initiative (Aptos, Calif.), chair of the World Energy Council Study on Energy and Climate Change, and co-author of Perfect Power: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, and More Abundant Energy.
*Mathias Craig, founder, Blue Energy (San Francisco, Calif.)
*Ben Tarbell, director of product development, SolarCity (Foster City, Calif.)
*Mary Biasotti, regional director, Grid Alternatives (Oakland, Calif.)
*Federico Grati, environmental engineer, Agroils (Florence, Italy)
*Manoj Sinha, co-founder, Husk Power (Bihar, India)
*Preet Anand, Santa Clara University student and participant in U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition

About the Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Founded in 1997, the Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS) is one of three “centers of distinction” at Santa Clara University. Its mission is to promote the use of science and technology through social entrepreneurship to benefit underserved communities worldwide. CSTS implements its mission through education, public engagement, and direct social impact. The Center’s Social Impact Program includes the internationally recognized Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), the online Social Enterprise Innovation Network, and the sourcing and judging of the Technology Benefiting Humanity Awards in partnership with The Tech Museum of Innovation. More information can be found at

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,600 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus masters and law degrees, and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Deborah Lohse | SCU Assistant Media Relations Director | 408-554-5121 |


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