The IEEE Smart Village Mission & Vision
IEEE Smart Village empowers off-grid communities through education and the creation of sustainable, affordable, locally owned entrepreneurial energy businesses. Our vision is to bring basic electrical and educational services to more than 50 million people by 2025.
Micro-utility equipment is seed-funded under a co-venture program to in-country, non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to create self-sustaining, community-owned and -operated micro-utilities where the people are typically living on less than $1-$2 per day. Combining the talents of more than 400,000 members across IEEE with partners in education, business and technologies, IEEE Smart Village delivers immediate, life-changing impact in off-grid areas.
IEEE Smart Village holistically supports local entrepreneurs in off-grid communities to grow electricity businesses of the scope and character that best serve the specific needs of customers in those communities. Then, all benefits accrue directly to that community, not outside ownership. IEEE Smart Village provides photovoltaic (PV) and hybrid renewable energy community charging stations, along with training and support, to local entrepreneurs in off-grid communities, who then lease portable battery kits to homeowners.
To read more about the IEEE Smart Village initiative, click here.
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IEEE Smart Village in Denver: July 26-30
IEEE Smart Village is hosting a series of meetings co-located with the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colo., 26-30 July 2015, and at the newly sponsored IEEE Smart Village Global Classroom at the Posner Center for International Development.
The Posner Center, located in downtown Denver, is a new collaborative of 130 for-profit and nonprofit organizations pursuing lasting solutions to poverty, human capacity building and integrated approaches to development challenges.
For more information about the Posner Center for International Development, click here.
IEEE Smart Village events include:
*Sunday, July 26, 2015, 8:00am – 4:00pm
*IEEE Smart Village Ambassador and Entrepreneur Development – This workshop, designed for college students and young professionals, is focused on how IEEE Smart Village is initiating world change
Note: Posner Center tenants and NGO partners are invited to participate in Sunday’s workshop to learn how IEEE Smart Village is initiating world change. Attendees will gain insight into this global humanitarian effort’s transformative process creating immediate, life-changing impact to the world’s most remote, off-grid populations.
*Location: IEEE Global Classroom, Posner Center For International Development
To view the complete workshop sessions, click here.
*Monday, July 27, 2015, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
*IEEE Smart Village reception
*Location: Posner Center For International Development
- IEEE Smart Village Development – An Investment in Innovation and Social Responsibility
- IEEE Smart Village Technology & Business Operations – A look at the off-grid hardware deployed, telemetric reporting and village enterprise operation
*Location: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel