From an early age, I have been fascinated by solar energy. After 10 years in the industry I hold a firm belief in the potential of this energy source. Where electricity is a commodity, solar power is key to the energy transition. In places where electricity is not for granted, the value of solar power is of a different category: it can profoundly impact lives and empower people and communities to develop.
Growing up in Malawi, I’ve seen with my own eyes the difference that electricity makes for our poorest communities. As a Project Manager, I apply my experience in several areas of community development and contribute to the assessment as well as the monitoring of local projects that we empower through solar energy.
Sergi Pedra Blasi
After some years of international experience in the industrial sector planning and building manufacturing plants, the time came for me to use those skills and my energy to make a positive impact for our society. The sun is shining everyday and it is one of the most powerful natural sources, why not using it to respect our precious planet and to bring electricity where it is needed most?
Tom van Dorp
Since 2010 I have been active in the solar industry and I’ve had the privilege to support the development of many markets worldwide. One of my passions is to help businesses and authorities in their transition from fossil to renewable energy sources, in particular solar power. It is encouraging and powerful to see how we can truly impact communities in need, by providing access to electricity through solar power.
Lydia van Os
Having worked for years in Africa on projects related to infrastructural development, I have experienced the many ways in which people are resourceful and innovative. We support these human strengths by making basic solutions available, which will enable people to develop a more sustainable future for themselves and their communities. That is why I strongly believe in the approach of sopowerful.
Paul van der Linden
Like many, I hope to leave the world in a bit of a better shape from when I found it. In my working life this has led me to work in the solar industry, after which I’ve focused on social entrepreneurship in East Africa for the last few years. What I love about sopowerful is that we strive to support existing social initiatives through the power of off-grid solar energy. It empowers the work of great organizations and individuals, amplifying their impact by just adding that crucial component of stable energy supply.
I was born in Burundi and grew up in the Netherlands. Being a volunteer here is a great opportunity for me to give back to communities in need and to help future generations. My father was active in the renewable energy sector in Burundi and his work has made a great impact on many people until today. Seeing this, I strongly believe that Solar Energy can play a central role in closing the gap in Africa’s shortage of electric power and the related challenges. With Sopowerful we address the needs of remote villages where electricity is a necessity, not a choice, and I am more than happy to support this mission.
I grew up in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital and today I live in a rural village where only a handful of people has access to electricity. My current experience made me realize how important the power I used to take for granted is in our everyday lives, especially in rural areas. I’m happy to apply my photo and video skills to support the projects of Sopowerful!
In our day-to-day life, we take electricity and its comforts for granted. The mission of Sopowerful Foundation is a wake up call to remember that there are places in the world where bringing solar energy can be a life changing intervention and create new opportunities. I really appreciate the commitment and dedication of the Sopowerful team, the possibility they give us to see, through their eyes, and make, through their arms, an immediate and concrete impact. The smile of those children says it all! That’s why I am pleased to contribute with my experience and network in the solar sector to help involve the right Partners.
I started my career in solar energy back in 1987 and until today it has always have been my passion to add value to solar energy developments worldwide. My work, ranging from large roofs and utility scale projects in mainly Western Europe, Middle East and the Philippines to village electrification in Indonesia and Africa has given me a considerable hands-on experience in all aspects of this fantastic technology. The opportunity to be an ambassador for Sopowerful honored me to underline and give a practical support to the mission of the foundation.
Impact & Reporting
While traveling the world, I discovered how beautiful and fragile our blue and green living planet is. That’s why I am driven to make the world a little bit more sustainable and futureproof every day. In my working life this has led me to start my own business to help other companies become more sustainable. I also want to put my experience to use for important non-for-profit initiatives. What I love about Sopowerful is the immediate and life-changing impact we make. I am proud to support Sopowerful with my expertise and knowledge, specifically in the area of impact (measurement) and reporting.