UC Davis Helps Empower Those Tackling Africa's Energy Challenges

Beatrice Muthoni Mgugi uses a strobe tachometer
Beatrice Muthoni Mgugi of Kenya uses a strobe tachometer to measure the rotational speed of a household fan and the correlated energy used by its motor as Tshegofatso Neeuwfan of South Africa, center, and instructor Ryan Stroupe of the Building Performance Program at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center look on. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

By Julia Ann Easley, Strategic Communications 

"Sarah Mulwah of Botswana has been an environmental consultant and a marketing manager for a nature reserve where she helped track white rhinos for a conservation project.

But a six-week energy institute at UC Davis is helping her blaze a trail for a new endeavor — setting up a lending library of solar lanterns for rural schoolchildren whose families are too poor to connect to the power grid.

She is among 25 young African leaders who have been leveraging the energy expertise of UC Davis — and beyond — as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative."

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