Posted by: Kelley Welf on Apr 11, 2012
Jason Edens received a Lindbergh Grant in 2007 to determine whether it would be economically possible to use solar heat as a long-term solution for public energy assistance in the Midwest. The short answer is, "Yes!"
Five years since he received our grant, Jason's work is continuing and expanding. His solar energy panels have helped hundreds of families. He hopes to eventually bring the technology to such far-away places as Tajikistan, Mongolia and rural Russia.
Excerpt from "Midwest Energy News" Article
Twelve years ago, set out to transform heating and cooling assistance for low-income families into a clean, energy-independent solution. Since then, his organization, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), has helped hundreds of families install low-cost solar furnaces to help reduce their energy bills.
“Tens of millions of Americans have to make challenging choices between eating and heating every winter,” asserts Edens, director and founder of RREAL, a 12-year-old Minnesota-based nonprofit social enterprise that leverages solar technologies to keep struggling families warm in the winter. Over 15 percent of the U.S. population lives at or below the poverty line.