Bob Freling of Solar Electric Light Fund Invited to Participate at Second IEF-OFID Symposium on Energy Poverty

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The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit working to eliminate energy poverty through the use of solar power, today announced that its executive director, Robert Freling, has been invited to participate in the prestigious Second Symposium on Energy Poverty hosted by the International Energy Forum (IEF), in partnership with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit working to eliminate energy poverty through the use of solar power, today announced that its executive director, Robert Freling, has been invited to participate in the prestigious Second Symposium on Energy Poverty hosted by the International Energy Forum (IEF), in partnership with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). The symposium, held November 15-16 in Vienna, Austria and limited to 120 attendees, will address the multifaceted issue of energy poverty and identify the solutions needed to eradicate it. The results of this conference will help the IEF to prepare recommendations for the 13th IEF Ministerial in Kuwait in 2012.

At the symposium, Mr. Freling will moderate, “Session Three: Multifaceted cooperation to finance energy access for the poor; what are the most sustainable mechanisms?” The panel will focus on how to finance alternative energy development projects, shift from fuel to renewable energy solutions, facilitate public-private partnerships, and other finance and renewable energy related topics.

“It’s an honor to participate in this event and partner with an elite group of experienced global leaders to provide recommendations to the IEF for eliminating energy poverty,” states Freling. “I look forward to sharing my own experiences of how the application of solar technology has improved local economies in rural villages and empowered the people in these communities.”

The symposium will gather participants from developed and developing countries, representatives from governments and industry, multilateral and bilateral organizations, finance institutions, and international aid agencies.

About SELF
The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit working to eliminate energy poverty and combat climate change by bringing solar power and wireless Internet access to remote rural villages in the developing world. SELF has pioneered innovative applications of solar power for drip irrigation in Benin, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, vaccine refrigeration in Rwanda, online learning in South Africa, and microenterprise development in Nigeria. These successful pilot projects culminated in SELF’s whole-village approach, or Solar Integrated Development model. Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in 20 countries, making it a leader among non-governmental organizations in realizing practical and cost-effective alternative energy solutions for rural villagers. For more information, please visit http://www.self.org.

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