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The Center for Development With Solar Energy



CEDESOL (the Center for Development with Solar Energy) was incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 2003 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Prior to its incorporation, the founders gained expertise in solar and biomass technology by designing, building and promoting ecological cooking systems. The foundation was established because the founders believe passionately in the transference of practical knowledge and technology from the experts to the people.

CEDESOL is committed to empowering the disempowered.










Its mission is to transform lives and protect the environment by equipping people with appropriate technology and education.

All of CEDESOL activities are based on three key foundations:participatory education, renewable energy and social and economic justice.

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The World Health Organization estimates that indoor air pollution caused by open pit cooking fires ranks fourth as a health risk factor in developing countries.

CEDESOL provides an alternative to cooking sources that pollute, degrade the natural environment and cause damage to health. Through the use of solar cookers, the problems associated with open pit fires are eliminated; no fuel is required and no pollution is produced.

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Solar Cookers are wooden boxes (shown above )with one or more reflective covers and an inclined double glazed window on hinges. Easy to build, they can still reach temperatures between 120°c and 160°c, which is sufficient for cooking nearly all foods consumed in Bolivia.

The rocket stove is a popular alternative as it requires no sun function.

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CEDESOL has worked in cooperation with many organizations to improve the design and efficiency of the ecological cookers and develop participatory training and education.

An important part of the stove implementation process is training people how to construct and maintain ecological systems. Becoming owners of the technology empowers people and reduced social and economic barriers, improving quality of life and creating a brighter future.

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Our blog is updated based on progress. We are looking forward to posting updates as we embark on our 2016 Project in 18 different schools in the municipality of Toro Toro.

This project will bring educational projects, rocket and industrial ecological cookers, and DVD lessons to the schools of Toro Toro. See our last blog for more updates.

By supporting us, you too can act to improve both the quart of life for the Bolivian people and to combat climate change.

There are many different ways you can help: making a donation, subsiding us if you are a grant maker, volunteering, or growing our community by subscribing to newsletters and talking about CEDESOL.

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Newsletter: New beginnings in Huasa Rancho

On Saturday, February 12th, 9 CEDESOL staff members traveled to the community of Hausa Rancho to deliver 30 solar cookers to the participants of a current Project sponsored by the Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society. Hausa Rancho is located 90 minutes outside the city of Cochabamba, and as it receives an ample amount of sunlight daily it is a prime location to utilize the solar cookers to their full capacity. The Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society subsidized the cost of the solar cookers for this project, an enormous benefit for the low-income recipients. Read more...

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Cookers Demonstrations Trainings

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Here Comes the Sun: Options for Using Solar Cookers in Developing Countries is a pdf published by GTZ that investigates the validity of solar cookers and improved wood rocket stoves in developing countries and documents their success, using CEDESOL´s successful dissemination of these stoves as one example.

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