WHO WE ARE
Born from a fierce passion for renewable energy and protecting the world’s beloved ecosystems, the employees of Elemental Energy formed Twende Solar: a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering energy-deficient populations with renewable energy systems. Twende, meaning “let’s go” in Swahili, is indicative of the organization’s proactive capabilities and dedication to sustainable development worldwide. Operated and supported by solar PV industry professionals, Twende bridges the gap between renewable energy experts and energy-poor communities.
Empower energy-deficient communities by implementing renewable energy systems worldwide.
A world with sustainable energy for all is achievable. Renewable energy is the solution for eliminating poverty, strengthening economies, protecting ecosystems, and achieving a more equitable society.
Twende Solar was formed to bridge the gap between renewable energy experts and energy-poor communities. The Photovoltaic (PV) Oath embodies the spirit of the medical profession’s Hippocratic Oath and calls upon the solar industry to join together to empower developing communities worldwide. Without access to reliable electricity, sustainable development cannot happen.
“IT’S THIS RESPONSIBILITY THAT IF YOU HAVE THIS SKILL SET AND KNOWLEDGE AND YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION IN WHICH YOU CAN HELP OTHERS, YOU HAVE THIS OATH OF RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SO. ALL OF US WHO ARE TRAINED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, I FEEL WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE OUR ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES TO THOSE IN NEED AND PROVIDE THEM WITH ELECTRICITY.” -JOHN GRIESER, TWENDE CO-FOUNDER AND CO-OWNER OF ELEMENTAL ENERGY
Whether it is through pro bono services, contributing last year’s or cosmetically imperfect solar equipment, or donating a portion of your company’s proceeds to increase access to electricity for developing communities, Twende Solar will partner with your business to make an impact.
PORTLAND, OR 97214-3552 | Tax-exempt since May 2015
Classification (NTEE) International Development, Relief Services (International, Foreign Affairs and National Security)
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
Donations to this organization are tax deductible.