Ann Arbor non-profit brings technology to world's poor

Jan 22, 2014

John Barrie of the Appropriate Technology Collaborative holds a small solar light with a solar panel. It replaces burning kerosene or candles and can pay for itself in 15 weeks.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

More than a billion people around the world live without access to electricity. The lack of energy is a huge barrier to economic growth in developing countries.

John Barrie, executive director of the Appropriate Technology Collaborative, says providing energy for something as simple as a light can make a huge difference.

The Ann Arbor-based organization creates new and sustainable technology for communities in developing countries.