SHOS joins IRENA’s Coalition for Action

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Solar Head of State is pleased to announce our membership of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) Coalition for Action, a global alliance with the mission of promoting technological and civil advancements in renewable energy. Solar Head of State will join 55 leading players in renewable energy from around the world in a collective effort towards a more sustainable future.

IRENA’s Coalition for Action aims to make global progress towards the future of renewable energy by supporting the decarbonization of local, state, and national economies. They achieve this through investing, campaigning, and supporting organizations from the private, nonprofit and government sectors. According to IRENA, by 2050 renewables will contribute about $19 trillion to the world economy and create 6 million jobs in renewable energy.

As members, Solar Head of State will be able to use this opportunity to support our mission of transforming world leaders into green leaders and to demonstrate the benefits of solar energy to communities around the world.

The members of the Coalition have agreed on the following principles:

1.  Support energy transition through promoting the sustainable use of renewable energy technologies;

2. Collectively make a compelling case for renewable energy based on the compilation of the latest knowledge and examples;

3. Communicate renewable energy with the public through clear, truthful messages, in a manner that is both harmonised and targeted;

4. Commit to addressing public concerns over renewable energy technologies by applying best practices and engaging concerned parties;

5. Share evidence, communication material, ideas and contacts with members to strengthen the cases and support for renewable energy.

Find out more about Solar Head of State’s work here.

Ambassador Albert Ramdin Joins Solar Head of State

Ambassador Albert Ramchand Ramdin has joined the Solar Head of State Advisory Board. Ambassador Ramdin is a Surinamese diplomat who served for 10 years as the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), the premier regional forum for multilateral decision-making in the Western Hemisphere.

Albert has over 20 years of experience in international negotiation, multilateral diplomacy, development assistance, public policy development and execution, strategic trade and business facilitation, project management, fundraising and key expertise in competitiveness. He has worked on institutional reform and restructuring in government and the private sector.

As Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Ramdin was one of two elected officials. He was first elected to office in a majority vote by OAS Member States in 2005 and re-elected by acclamation for a second term in 2010. Holding the second highest elected position in the organization, Ramdin served as the principle advisor to the Secretary General on all issues and was responsible for coordinating the disaster response mechanism within the Inter-American system.

Albert has served in various roles at the Organization of American States, the Caribbean Community and the Government of Suriname. He also serves on the Boards of Directors at the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago and the Institute of International Relations, Anton de Kom University of Suriname.

Albert's wide-ranging experience in international affairs and sustainable economic development will be a valuable asset to the team, and we look forward to working with him to promote leadership in solar energy.

Caribbean Clean Energy Champion joins SHOS

We are excited to announce Dr James (Jimmy) Fletcher as an advisor to Solar Head of State. James is a longstanding champion of renewable energy in the Caribbean and worldwide who brings with him a broad experience of international climate politics.

James is the former Saint Lucian Minister for Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology. He served in that position from December 2011 to June 2016. During his tenure, Dr Fletcher led Saint Lucia on an aggressive path toward the modernization of the energy sector. This involved a comprehensive program of reforming the energy legislation, establishing an independent multi-sector regulator for electricity and water, mobilizing new investments in wind energy and solar energy, reviving geothermal exploration, installing rooftop solar PV on government buildings, and securing funding for the complete replacement of the island’s stock of street lights with energy-efficient LED lights.

Dr Fletcher has also been active in the international climate change negotiations. He was chosen by the French President of COP21 to be a member of a small, select group of ministers who were charged with the responsibility for achieving consensus among the Parties to the Climate Change Convention on the more contentious elements of the Paris Agreement. Dr Fletcher also led negotiations on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on the sensitive subject of Loss and Damage and was a member of the High Ambition Coalition that helped to develop the momentum and support for an effective and ambitious climate change agreement.

Prior to serving as a Minister, Dr. Fletcher served as the Director of Social and Sustainable Development at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Saint Lucia, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Currently, James manages his own company, SOLORICON, which provides consulting services in sustainable energy, climate change, information and communications technology, agriculture and rural development, and public policy development. Dr Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Canada and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Crop Physiology from the University of Cambridge, England.

We are delighted to have Jimmy join our team and look forward to working with him to champion the leaders of the clean energy revolution.

New Advisor Christine Milne

We are excited to announce Christine Milne as an advisor to Solar Head of State.

Christine Milne was the Leader of the Australian Greens from 2012 to 2015 in the Australian Parliament. She was elected to represent Tasmania in the Federal Parliament in 2004 after a distinguished career in the Tasmanian State Parliament (1989-98). She was instrumental in developing the Clean Energy Package, which was the core legislation responsible for addressing climate change and resulted in the establishment of the Climate Change Authority, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Biodiversity Fund and the Carbon Farming Initiative. Previously, Christine had a long history of fighting to protect the environment on a local level - she was arrested and jailed on the campaign to save the Franklin River in 1983 and led the successful campaign to save old growth forests and first class agricultural land from an elemental chlorine pulp mill at Wesley Vale in 1987-89.

Christine also served on the Global Council of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2000-2008 with four years as one of the four global Vice Presidents. She represented the organization at the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention at Montreal, Nairobi and Bali. She has attended UNFCCC COPs regularly, since COP4 in Buenos Aires and most recently COP21 in Paris.

Christine was the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania and is a leader in the environmental movement in Australia and overseas. She was appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1990 and has received many awards during her distinguished career. She has also been awarded the Inaugural Women in Leadership Award for Tasmania in 2015.

Partnership with Power for All

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Solar Head of State is pleased to announce a new partnership with Power for All, a global campaign dedicated to accelerating the deployment of decentralized renewable energy.

Power for All provides collective action in support of decentralized renewable power, giving the sector a powerful voice in global and national discussion about how the world develops a modern energy infrastructure that is equitable, affordable and sustainable. They are committed to delivering access to energy to the 1.1 billion people without reliable power, 85% of who live in rural areas.

Working with Power for All and their coalition of renewable energy advocates will help Solar Head of State achieve our goal of helping world leaders become green leaders by taking action and installing solar systems on executive residences and other public buildings.

New Board Member David Williams

We are excited to welcome David Williams to Solar Head of State's advisory board.

Dave Williams combines renewable technology and finance with a passion for transformative energy markets. Mr. Williams currently serves as Solar Guru for USAID’s Caribbean Clean Energy Program, Senior Fellow for UC Berkeley’s Renewable Appropriate Energy Laboratory, and Chief Executive Officer of dissigno. Today, dissigno operates PV plants and provides advisory services for the development and financing of distributed energy resources.

Dave has particular concentration in technology, finance, and enterprise development in mature and emerging markets.  He has found, led, and divested solar development businesses around the world.  Previously, he was a Senior Fellow with the US State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas where he advised government and private developers in Latin America on transitioning to generation from renewable energy and developing finance options.

Dave was selected as one of Time Magazine's Innovators of the Year for work on refrigeration in emerging tropical markets. Mr. Williams has leveraged technical expertise to attract financing and set the landscape for adoption of renewables. He has been a technical solar advisor for US Department of State, merit reviewer for the US Department of Energy's SunShot program, technical reviewer for Sandia National Laboratory, solar advisor for USAID's Private Finance Advisory Network for Asia, and contributor to National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Previously, he oversaw technology, risk and development investment strategies for a US development fund as Chief Risk Officer. He was also Chief Technical Officer for a Central European solar development. As VP of Risk & Asset Management, his team constructed and operated over 50 solar parks in a wide range of technologies. Dave has been involved in developing renewable energy projects in the Caribbean, Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

 

Solar Head of State receives Forbes recognition

Solar Head of State Director and Founder James Ellsmoor has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as a member of its 2017 list of 30 Under 30 young professionals working in energy. Previous winners have included Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, SNL’s Kate McKinnon, Chance the Rapper and YouTube star Michelle Phan.

Forbes has been compiling this list since 2012. Their 30 Under 30 community is now 4,000 strong the world over, from the U.S. to Europe to Asia. This year the competition was more extreme than ever before: 15,000+ nominations for just 600 spots, 30 of which were awarded in the energy sector.

This award celebrates James' dedication to running Solar Head of State and developing the global political movement behind solar, as well as a mark of recognition of Solar Head of State's continued successes worldwide. 

Jamaica PM Announces solar plans for official residence

As representatives of the world’s nations gather at the COP22 Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, small island developing states are standing out for their impressive commitments to fighting climate change. Today, in keeping with its promise to transition to 30% renewable energy for electricity generation by 2030, the Government of Jamaica announced its participation in the Solar Head of State coalition and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the national executive office, Jamaica House.

Jamaica House is home to the official residence and offices of Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Jamaica House is home to the official residence and offices of Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Andrew Holness, said, “This project is symbolic of the renewable future we see for Jamaica and the Caribbean. Islands like Jamaica are becoming leaders for demonstrating the deployment of solar technology, and I aim to lead by example, by installing solar PV on the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica House.”

 Jamaica House was built in Kingston to be the official office for the Prime Minister of Jamaica, after the country’s independence in 1962.

The Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley is passionate about the growth of the energy sector and understands the importance of renewable energy’s impact on an efficient economy. As said in his 2016-2017 Sectoral Presentation speech that: “Everything we do as a country, must pass the litmus test and improve the Jamaican gross domestic product. Therefore, the government must create a competitive energy environment”.

Announcing this project, Dr. Wheatley declared, “With this vision in mind, the time has come to begin the transition. What better way to start than with the solarization of Jamaica House. This renewable energy revolution is not only essential but exciting and we want all of Jamaica to share in this vision and excitement.”

Solar Head of State partners with solar technology companies, local installers, major climate NGOs and foundations to offer well designed, professionally installed solar systems for the residences of heads of state or government around the world, in order to showcase and promote the use of the technology. With support from its partners, Solar Head of State will install a donated 15kW grid-connected solar photovoltaic system on the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica House. This installation will save the government thousands of dollars in energy expenditures over its lifetime.

Delegations from 195 countries are present in Marrakech to discuss the implementation of the recently adopted Paris Agreement, which has been ratified by over 100 countries. Renewable energy, particularly solar, is a major force in reducing carbon emissions and the targets outlined in the agreement. Many projects identified at COP 22 will be initiated because they make sense economically, in addition to having positive environmental impacts.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group and nonprofit Carbon War Room which aims to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy in the Caribbean, said, “I’m so pleased to see Jamaica setting such a great example!”

Prime Minister Andrew Holness address utility chiefs at a conference in October 2016

Prime Minister Andrew Holness address utility chiefs at a conference in October 2016

Mohamed Nasheed, climate change activist and Former President of the Maldives said, “Now, more than ever, the Presidents and Prime Ministers of island countries, which are so threatened by climate change, must show global leadership by cutting carbon emissions and embracing clean energy. Jamaica is showing such leadership with its commitment to renewable energy and the solar installation on Jamaica House.”

The installation work will be undertaken by U.S firm Solar Island Energy, working with the National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and Envisage Energy, a local Jamaican company focused on being part of their island’s sustainable future. The project is supported by Elms Consulting, a London-based strategic consulting firm working to accelerate sustainable development on islands.

The solar PV panels for the Jamaica House Solar Head of State project are donated by Trina Solar. Jifan Gao, Trina’s founder, is a leading figure in China’s booming solar industry. This project is being done in coordination with the Clinton Climate Initiative and Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room’s Islands Energy Program.

The Jamaican House installation will be a shining beacon of the importance of solar energy for Jamaica's future, and an indication of the government's commitment to using renewable energy. While island nations such as Jamaica are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, this project is a reminder that they are also leading in finding solutions.

Solar Head of State installation on Saint Lucia's Government House

To mark the start of its own renewable revolution the Government of Saint Lucia has partnered with Solar Head of State to install solar panels on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House. Saint Lucia emits just 0.0015% of global carbon emissions, but by leading on renewable energy the island can take a strong moral stance and showcase solutions for larger nations to follow.

The 5.4kW grid-tied system on Government will save over 100 tons of carbon in its lifetime and save the government roughly US$150,000. The Government of Saint Lucia and the local utility, LUCELEC, hope to rapidly increase the number of distributed solar installations in the coming years to help reach the island's target of 35% renewable energy by 2020.

Saint Lucia was among a group of 15 climate vulnerable countries which together became the first nations to ratify the Paris Agreement in April 2016. As a small island developing state (SIDS) Saint Lucia is particularly vulnerable to climate change, facing damage from rising sea levels and increasingly strong and frequent tropical storms. 

Solar Head of State assembled an international consortium of project donors from across the clean energy sector to carry out the project. The engineering and construction was donated by British Virgin Islands based Free Island Energy and Saint Lucian companyNoah Energy. Major contributions were received from California-based solar installation company Sungevity and from the California Clean Energy Fund. Panels were donated by manufacturer Trina Solar and inverters from Enphase Energy. Support was also received from Elms Consulting, a London-based strategic consulting firm working to accelerate sustainable development on islands. Australian firms Wattwatchers and Solar Analytics provided system-monitoring expertise and equipment.

Mohamed Nasheed and Danny Kennedy featured in Al-Jazeera

Solar Head of State advisors Danny Kennedy and Mohamed Nasheed wrote an op-ed in Al-Jazeera this week on the role of small island developing states in the climate debate. This piece featured Solar Head of State's work in Saint Lucia as an example of islands taking a leadership role on renewable energy.

The full post is available here. A reprint is featured below:

Island nations' leading role in renewable energy

Island communities are innovative and can make the most of scarce resources while having a global impact.

In November, government representatives all across the world meet again to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. The centre of contention will now shift from political jockeying between nations, to the energy war between renewables and fossil fuel.

While last year's COP21 was full of promise for a new direction in global climate politics and a rapid uptake of clean energy technology, the world is looking for tangible actions.

As the world's biggest polluters, the announcement of ratifications by the United States and China around the G20 is a big deal, but so are the examples being set by some of the world's tiniest nations.

Indeed, much of the charge on climate action has been driven by small island developing states (SIDS), which feel the brunt of the early impacts of climate change. Representing 52 of the 193 UN members, these nations have achieved significant political clout in climate negotiations and were the first to ratify the Paris Agreement.

The victory of renewables

The core of the UN deal was the agreement that each nation sets its own targets. This was supposed to be an easy way out - no more conflict over climate. But of course this was always a proxy for the real conflict, of renewable solar and wind against unsustainable coal, oil and natural gas.

Far from being the powerless victims that they are often portrayed, island nations are actively fighting as foot soldiers in this war. These small states are showcasing solutions by pioneering ambitious programmes to transform their energy supply.

In the Pacific, Tokelau reached 100 percent renewable energy back in 2012 and the neighbouring Tuvalu and the Cook Islands are due to become fully powered by renewables before 2020.

In the Caribbean, Aruba is also set for 100 percent renewable energy in the next few years and Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Montserrat aim to do so by 2030.

Many people don't yet realise that renewables are winning against fossil fuels. Coal, oil and natural gas are on the way out and their decline is irreversible.

Island leaders around the world are standing up and demonstrating that the solutions for climate change are readily available.

According to the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, 2015 was the turning point (PDF). It was the first year in which new renewable energy installations - excluding large-scale hydro - accounted for the majority of generation capacity built globally, making up 53.6 percent of generation, and $286bn in investment. Less than half as much - $130bn - was invested in new coal, oil and natural gas projects globally.

In Saint Lucia, this week the Governor-General Dame Pearlette Louisy is installing a solar photovoltaic system to generate power for her official residence, Government House.

This symbolic act of leadership is important because few of the world leaders in Paris who committed to reducing carbon emissions have yet put their own official residences in order and led by example.

Moreover, it will send a signal to the people of Saint Lucia that solar power is now ready to deploy and meet their need for affordable electricity, and the government is committed to its renewable energy goal of 35 percent renewable energy by 2020.

An example to follow

The project is part of the Solar Head of State initiative, working to encourage leaders worldwide to install solar on public buildings. In 2011, the Maldives partnered with Sungevity to install solar on the Muliaage, the Presidential palace of the Maldives. This was the first country to put solar on the head of state's home, followed in 2014 by the US President Barack Obama at The White House. It was also the first act of a pioneering commitment to power the Maldives on 100 percent renewable energy.

Unfortunately, Saint Lucia and the Maldives have taken quite different directions since then. A coup that ousted the only ever democratically elected leader of the Maldives also ended the nation's renewable energy ambitions.

The Maldives government has continued to call for carbon reductions by larger economies while starting to drill for oil and stopping the national renewable energy programme. Environmental groups have pointed out the hypocrisy of the government's position.

Meanwhile, Saint Lucia is putting its money where its mouth is and leading on renewable energy. The installation on Government House is symbolic of a commitment that next will see a 3MW solar project built, which will provide 5 percent of the island's electricity needs and get it well on the way to its sustainable future.

Island communities are innovative and can make the most of scarce resources while having a global impact.

By committing to solar through this small installation on Government House, Saint Lucia's political leaders are affirming their longer-term goals of a renewable future.

Island leaders around the world are standing up and demonstrating that the solutions for climate change are readily available. Now the rest of the world needs to follow.

Saint Lucia Commits to Renewable Energy

The Government of Saint Lucia is partnering with Solar Head of State to install solar panels on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House, in September 2016. This is part of the Caribbean island’s target to generate 35% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, through leveraging of geothermal, wind and solar resources. The plan will help to reduce energy costs for citizens of Saint Lucia which, like most island nations, suffers from astronomically high electricity costs that hinder economic development.

As a small island developing state, Saint Lucia is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Although the island only emits 0.0015% of global carbon emissions, it is at the forefront of increasingly more extreme weather events, that threaten the lives and livelihoods of citizens. The Government of Saint Lucia have been at the forefront of the call for decarbonization of the global economy, and believe if they are to show moral leadership on this front then they must be a forward-thinking role model.

Through this installation Saint Lucia demonstrates its commitment to transition away from harmful fossil based energy infrastructure and paves the way for new international climate leadership. The project not only catalyzes the development of favorable renewable energy policy but provides sustainable jobs for the local economy. The solar panels will save the government thousands of dollars in energy expenditures throughout the system's lifetime and represent the goal of creating a island exclusively powered by clean technology.

Solar Head of State and its partners Free Island Energy and Noah Energy will install a rooftop grid-connected solar photovoltaic system using panels donated by Trina Solar and inverters donated by Enphase Energy. Project support was received from Elms Consulting, a London-based strategic consulting firm working to accelerate sustainable development in island nations. Additional financial support was received from Sungevity and the California Clean Energy Fund, without whom this project would not be possible.

 

Partnership with Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Solar Head of State will this year become a founding partner of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF). CREF is the largest gathering for Caribbean renewable energy, bringing together private, public and nonprofit organizations to promote the development of renewable resources in the region.

This year there will be guests from over 20 Caribbean nations and an array of speakers coming to exhibit their work on renewable energy. CREF 2016 will take place on October 17th-19th in Miami, and Solar Head of State will attend to showcase its projects across the region.

In September 2016 Solar Head of State will install solar panels on Government House, Saint Lucia, to showcase the Caribbean island’s target to generate 35% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020 and 100% by 2030. Government officials from Saint Lucia will be at CREF to discuss their ambitious plans.

New Board Member Alyssa Newman

We are excited to welcome Alyssa Newman to Solar Head of State's advisory board. Although Alyssa has provided her advice and guidance since the beginning, she will now be joining us in an official capacity.

Alyssa brings over 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental sector. She has worked with and for several major solar manufacturers and system integrators, energy efficiency organizations, global nonprofits, and humanitarian leaders. She's the Executive Director of Empowered By Light, and is responsible for scaling up the organization, with successful solar school and conservation projects in Zambia to other critically endangered areas of the world (including the Congo and Brazil). She launched SunPower’s sustainability efforts in 2008, including the SunPower Foundation, where she managed more than $5 million in global energy programs and over 1MW of donated solar power technology. In 2015, after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, she led the Rebuild With Sun campaign to bring solar technology to devastated areas of Nepal, and as a way to show solar as a local and global solution to the global climate crisis. 

We are looking forward to benefitting from Alyssa's extensive knowledge in the sector and spreading positive messages about solar energy around the world.

New Advisory Board Member Dan Cass

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Cass to the Advisory Board of Solar Head of State.

Dan is an Australian social entrepreneur with more than twenty years experience across climate and clean energy issues. He is Strategist at Australia’s leading progressive think-tank, the Australia Institute and an honorary associate at Sydney Business School. He was a director of Hepburn Wind, Australia’s highly awarded community-owned wind farm. As an independent lobbyist and consultant he has worked with international and Australian energy companies.

As an advisor to Solar Head of State, Dan is guiding the development of our public affairs strategy, to help us reach out effectively to governments, media, the energy industry, NGOs and supporters.

Dan was there at the origin of the whole Solar Head of State project, when Sungevity and 350.org partnered with LG, Kaco and the President of the Maldives, Mohamad Nasheed to solarise the Presidential residence in 2010. He wrote the communications plan for the global media and delivered it on the ground in Male, the capital of the Maldives.


We are looking forward to drawing on Dan’s experience and helping to spread the benefits of solar energy.

 

Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa

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We are saddened to hear of the death of Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa, a stalwart of Solar Head of State's advisory board. Foua was a true champion of renewable energy and a world leader in the fight against climate change.

Due to ill-health, Foua recently resigned from his post as Faipule of Fakaofo, political leader of one of the three atolls that make us the Pacific Island nation of Tokelau. Foua has served in this role for many years, as well as that of Ulu o Tokelau (Head of State). During this time he helped lead a successful campaign to provide all of Tokelau's electricity from renewable energy, by installing almost 1MW of solar panels spread over the three atolls.

Tokelau is severely threatened by climate change and sea level rise, lying just a few meters above sea level. By leading the way in renewable energy, Foua was adamant that Tokelau could prove 100% renewable electricity was possible. This project lead to inspire many other Pacific Island nations to follow in Tokelau's footsteps and place their own 100% renewable energy goals for the near future.

As a man of strong faith and charismatic leader, Foua spoke at the United Nations Climate Talks in Durban back in 2011 and challenged other nations to learn from Tokelau's experience. Speaking on behalf of Tokelau, he told the crowd, "we have no intention of leaving. This is a God-given land, we have a culture, a language, an identity and a heritage. We want to preserve Tokelau for future generations." Thanks to Foua's work, Tokelau is much closer to retaining its land and identity for the inhabitants' descendants. 

Foua was an inspiration to all of us, and a true climate change leader. Our hearts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time, and we hope his solar legacy will live on through our work and his impact worldwide and in Tokelau.

New Advisory Board Member

Solar Head of State is happy to announce that Maya Doolub will be the newest member to our Advisory Board! Acting as a strategic advisor for our projects and goals, Maya brings in an overwhelming amount of expertise diverse areas. As founder and CEO of Elms Consulting, she has worked on numerous projects that unite people across many sectors to bring sustainable development, health, and wellness to the communities she impacts. Maya is a Senior Fellow to the Carbon War Room, a close partner with Solar Head of State, and therefore has extensive experience in solar energy development for small island countries. In conjunction with Carbon War Room she helped launched the Smart Island Economies operation, which encourages and accelerates island countries' transition away from fossil fuel consumption. She is also a part of a start up that focuses on bringing energy solutions to the Caribbean.

Maya looks forward to revolutionizing Solar Head of State's strategic plan just as we look forward to hearing her knowledge and advice. Welcome, Maya!

SHOS announces its partnership with Carbon War Room!

Solar Head of State is pleased to announce a new partnership with Carbon War Room, a non-profit dedicated to business solutions that reduce carbon emissions. Carbon War Room works with Caribbean island nations through its 10 Island Challenge program with the aim of accelerating their transition away from fossil fuels. It aims to strengthen the local economies and embrace the countries' naturally-occurring assets, such as strong winds and sunshine, rather than spending money on expensive oil and gas imports.

Solar Head of State has partnered with the Carbon War Room to kickstart and empower each country's shift to renewables. Each of the Carbon War Room's partner countries will be offered a free solar photovoltaic system installed on the executive residence courtesy of Solar Head of State. This is a chance for countries to make a strong symbolic gesture as they transition from a fossil-fuel based economy to one based on renewable energy.

This partnership is a step in the right direction for lighting up the Caribbean with solar energy, reducing energy costs for residents, and reversing environmental degradation. Solar Head of State looks forward to more partnerships like these in the future with others united in the goal of energy independence through renewables.