There are many stories being documented about these communities. Here are some links if you want to read more:
During my time there we shipped the very first laptops, which became tens of thousands in the first month. By the end of the first year we had shipped over 500,000 laptops!
The children receiving these laptops are some of the poorest in the world and they are so excited to own one. I had the privilege to visit a school in Chincha, Peru where they showed me their laptops and what they had been doing with them. Click here for more pictures and info from that trip.
This school has 70 students, 3 teachers, 3 classrooms, and one (1) electrical outlet for power. This ‘greenest laptop on the planet’ only uses 4-5 Watts typically. Compare that to your 40-50 Watt laptop or 200 Watt desktop! But the batteries still need to be recharged after 4-5 hours of operation.
Solar, wind and hydro are the best solutions for many of these children and for very remote schools. We spent some time working with different companies to develop solar panels that work with the laptop as well as battery storage, micro-hydro turbines, and human power generation.
Part of the inspiration for me to start the Energy Emporium comes from my work at OLPC. These communities need inexpensive, alternative energy sources. Guess what? So does the rest of the world! If the US and other rich countries will put a focus on green products, it will bring down the costs for everyone.