What a month we’ve had – It’s only been four weeks since we launched Beyond Solar and here’s a list of all that has happened:

Donations: We have some amazing family and friends! Since august 20th, Beyond Solar has raised almost $9K from only 32 donors. This is fantastic progress and leaves us $6K shy of reaching the $15K goal……we cannot thank you enough.

Technology: We have entered into a partnership with D.Light Design, in which we will purchase 100 units and research new distribution models in return for their assistance in coordinating the on-the-ground efforts in India.

Location: D.Light, introduced us to Pranjal Jauhar, an NGO worker who has agreed to assist us in coordinating the project within a village. Here’s the message that we received just a few days ago:

“The village of Koraput district is in the state of Orissa.(East Coast of the Indian Peninsular). The area comprises of a tribal majority and some dalits(schedule castes). All the people there are poor and have very little money. They live in mud houses. There is not a single person who has a solar light. They all have kerosene lamps.”

And the pics:

Press Release: Last week we sent out our first press release and it was picked up by four different publications.   Click here to check it out.

Fundraising Events: We’re doing 2 fundraising events in the next few weeks.  The first, in San Diego on September 22nd, is at Jack’s in La Jolla.  The tickets cost $30 and include appetizers as well as prizes to be donated.  (We currently have gift certificates to Sushi on the Rock, Nicole Miller, and much more).

The second event will be in Chicago on October 2nd, at PJ Clarke’s (1204 N. State).  The $40 ticket includes food and an open bar.  Jeff’s sister is helping to organize this and is currently soliciting donations to be raffled away.  We’ll keep you posted.

If you are in either of these locations, we’d love to see you come out!

Random fact: 780 people from, 33 countries have collectively viewed over 5000 pages on our website – WOW!

So now what? The travel is booked and we are busy tying up loose ends before our departure. Our work hours are slowly transitioning from long days to long nights, as our conversations and email communication gradually shift to the Indian work hours. We have nightly calls with partners and spend the mornings taking care of the small details (immunizations, tourist visas, travel arrangements, mosquito nets, etc.)

It’s strange to think that the wild idea from few months ago will become reality in just a few short weeks. Can’t wait!