Energy providers with green electricity-certified tariffs commit to investing a certain amount per kilowatt hour consumed in energy transition or nature conservation projects. However, these projects are not limited exclusively to Germany, because climate protection is a global task. For example, the green electricity provider NATURSTROM repeatedly supports projects and initiatives around the world.
School lessons with solar power
The teachers at a school in Tanzania are now using the power of the sun for their lessons, as a photovoltaic system was installed on the roof in 2017. The system not only strengthens the independence of the school, but also that of the teachers and students, as for the first time a school-owned printer could be installed, which is now operated with the help of solar power. Before the project was implemented, the school's teachers had to travel all the way to the next town to print teaching materials for a relatively large amount of money. Projects like this not only support the energy transition in the East African country, but also improve educational opportunities and teaching methods.
Photovoltaic system secures health care
Energy transition projects also benefit from the funding. In 2018, a photovoltaic system was installed on a children's hospital in the Bolivian city of La Paz in cooperation with the Arco Iris Foundation. The Arco Iris hospital was founded in 2001 with the aim of providing medical care for children and young people and is now one of the best hospitals in La Paz. It also fulfills an important social function, as street children and destitute families can receive free treatment. The installation of the photovoltaic system and the implementation of energy efficiency measures have reduced the hospital's expenses. This now leaves more money for the health care of children and young people in La Paz.
In countries such as Bolivia and Tanzania, such lighthouse projects increase the pressure on governments to improve framework conditions for decentralized energy supply and thus promote the expansion of renewable energies. Through the guaranteed investments of the label holders, Grüner Strom Label e.V. promotes projects in these countries.