A crash course in changing the world.
Wow, first of all I have to admit that I´m really impressed by the idea of Jessica (and also Hugo), I´ve never thought of generating energy from playing football and think it´s pretty cool, because it combines fun and (energy) productivity and - lets be honest - what can be better than that?;-)
Anyway for this task I´ve searched the web and here is what I found:
There are several (and even german) websites with competitions or lists of social start-ups, such as http://www.schwabfoundseoy.org/de/competitions/competition/135 or http://www.seakademie.de/kompass.aspx , so that might be helpful for you:-).
There is as project called "KAITO", which was invented by Wolfgang Hofstätter and Heidi Schiller during a trip to Africa and is a specialist for sustainable innovations and investments in western Africa, where everyone can participate in as an investor or an CSR-mentor (Corporate Social Responsibility, this one is mainly for corporations).
The conecept behind KAITO is quite simple and works something like this:
As there are nearly 80% of the population without (permanent) electricity they have to rely on things like petroleum or batteries and this is where KAITO joins the game.
They developed a model called "Energie-Kiosk", which is a decentralised and solar powered energy system.
The energy is produced directly where it is needed to reduce costs and to remain manageable, but also helps the villages to get a modern energy system step-by-step.
Everybody can use the energy produced in there, but if someone needs more energy than for everyday use, there are individual systems, too, for example for local craftsmen or farmers etc. .
I think this project is pretty cool, as it generates electricity directly from sun energy and helps the villages to become more and more energy-independent and also reduces costs by building the energy stations directly on the spot.
This link provides an image gallery straight from building up such an energy station, so that you can imagine how it looks like: