New Documentary on West African Solar

Dr. Richard Komp (center), Morgan Robinson, and Claire Weingarten accept the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award.

Wow! How exciting is this? Dr. Richard Komp, American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Life Member, Director of the Maine Solar Energy Association and intrepid world-traveler was co-producer of a documentary movie, Burning in the Sun, that recently won the Cinema for Peace 2012 International Green Film Award. Richard, along with his co-producer Claire Weingarten and the film’s director, Morgan Robinson, picked up their award in Berlin on February 12th at the Cinema for Peace Award Gala.

Dr. Komp acted as a mentor to Daniel Dembele, a young entrepreneur from Mali, West Africa who wants to help his country and its citizens by installing solar electric panels on 99% of all rural houses in Mali to bring electricity to those communities for the very first time. Richard travels the world, working in developing countries, teaching average citizens to build and install photovoltaic (PV) panels that generate electricity from the sun. His work brings power to people who’ve never experienced it before. Watch the trailer below.

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