Many people in developing countries have no electricity and live at poverty level in comparison to American standards. Social programs sponsored by multiple entities exist to improve society and promote sustainability. Some of these programs align with FREA’s mission. The United Nations, USAID and many countries have provided funds to supply small photovoltaic (solar electric) systems to people in developing countries so they can have access to power for a light, a radio or other electronic device. One such program, Solar Rural Electrification, focuses on where most people in need of power live – outside urban areas, where electricity is often not available.
A new application called “The Solar Games” is in development, started by Bradley Bulifant of goodXgames. Mr Bulifant is trying a new approach to funding programs for people in need of energy. Video games are big business, with players around the world spending over 67 billion dollars on this electronic entertainment. What if Solar Rural Electrification was partially funded by the computer games market? Picture a game that is fun, interesting and educational, like a solar powered kart battle or racing game where players learn about solar energy as they build and race virtual cars competing against other players around the world. The racing locations are based on routes in Haiti with future plans for other countries. The game will meet Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) standards for E-rating, appropriate for use by everyone.
Mr. Bulifant and his team started developing this game and program as a member of the United Nations Foundation in coordination with the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All Initiative. To complete game development and implementation, his team is launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign set to launch on September 18th. Once the game is online, 50 percent of profits will be used as a microfinance fund for the deployment of photovoltaic (PV) rural power systems for institutions and households in developing countries, starting with Haiti.
If you would like to be part of the “Solar Games” community, go to the Website www.thesolargames.com for more information on how to promote, advertise or donate to the project.