Background

The Let’s Share the Sun Foundation was formed as a 501c3 in 2010 by two 1985 Notre Dame graduates: Nancy Brennan-Jordan and William Jordan.

The Problem:

Energy experts estimate that one billion people live without electricity, mostly in poor and isolated communities around the world. Getting power to isolated areas used to be impossible. Solar can now bring electricity to these areas as the cost of solar has drastically decreased in recent decades.

The Solution:

Let’s Share the Sun Foundation facilitates the use of solar energy in poor communities throughout the world to enhance quality of life. The Foundation helps install solar power in some of the poorest parts of the world; places that are rich in access to the sun but lack basic resources. With technological innovation, solar panels are more efficient, smaller and less expensive today. Now, solar power can be installed anywhere at a reasonable cost, in ways that create local jobs in poor communities. Solar power can bring electricity to hospitals, schools, clinics, and homes to improve the lives of the poor by utilizing the free and abundant power of the sun.

Why Solar:

Solar technology has been around for nearly seventy years, producing electricity as the sun shines. Over the past decade, the cost of solar has declined significantly while efficiency has improved dramatically. The affordability of solar can now impact communities around the world with discrete installations that aim to make a difference. To facilitate installations, the Foundation has partnered with local solar installers, equipment manufacturers, and US solar companies to bring solar to communities in need around the world.