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BRIGHT IDEAS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD EXTREME ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS Habitat for Humanity's Passive House Project has provided nearly 300 low-income families with energy-efficient homes designed to help them consume significantly less energy overall and to greatly reduce their water usage. These benefits not only save the homeowners money, but empower them to create a more sustainable lifestyle. è 15 28 29 27 5 6 4 14 1 2 12 13 23 10 16 3 9 8 7 24 25 26 20 17 18 19 Change happens when an epic idea transforms into a real-world solution. That’s why National Geographic and Shell teamed up to launch the Great Energy Challenge. A smarter energy future is possible only if all of us band together as global citizens and take an active role. Let’s talk about the energy challenges we face, learn about energy innovations that work, and do more to change the way we think about and consume energy. These grantees represent the 29 real-world projects focused on innovative energy solutions that have received grants from The Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell. When we push the way we think about energy, we help ensure a sustainable energy future. GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT EMPOWERING A NEW GENERATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PIONEERS Green Empowerment works with community-based organi- zations in Malaysian Borneo to train people how to design and implement micro-hydro projects. Their efforts have provided renewable energy to over 2,000 indigenous community members living in far-reaching areas that never had access to affordable and clean energy. è 1. Legacy Foundation: Eco-Leña (Eco-Fuelwood), Guatemala 2. reNo-va: Managua, Nicaragua 3. Seattle Biochar Working Group: Talamanca region of Costa Rica 4. Habitat for Humanity: Washington, D.C. 5. Carbon Roots International: Cap-Haitien, Haiti 6. EarthSpark: Côte Sud, Haiti 7. Solar Electric Light Fund: Kalalé, Benin 8. Impact Energies: Ghana 9. PEG Ghana: Ghana 10. Comprehensive Design Services: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria 11. Solar Sister: Gulu, Uganda 12. Eco-Fuel Africa: Kampala, Uganda 13. Engineers Without Borders: Teso region, Uganda 14. Elephant Energy: Namibia 15. Qorax Energy: Hargeisa, Somaliland 16. African Christians Organization Network: Bungoma district of Western Kenya 17. Sanergy: Nairobi, Kenya 18. Sanivation: Naivasha, Kenya 19. Takamoto Biogas: Rift Valley, Kenya 20. EGG-Energy: Pwani and Iringa Regions, Tanzania 21. Frontier Markets: Rajasthan, India 22. Eco Energy Finance: Karachi, Pakistan 23. Ghonsla: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Pakistan 24. International Development Enterprises (iDE): Kathmandu, Nepal 25. SunFarmer: Kathmandu 26. Swayam Krishi Sangam: Orissa State, India 27. Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC): Quezon City, Philippines 28. Green Empowerment: Sabah, Malaysian Borneo 29. Masarang: North Sulawesi, Indonesia Watch the stories of these energy innovators and other visionaries whose bright ideas have been powered by grants through The Great Energy Challenge. Follow @NatGeoEnergy on Twitter and visit greatenergychallenge.com. 22 21 11 BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. TAKE PART IN THE CHALLENGE.