Generate renewable energy with balcony solar panels
- Renewable energy is all the rage, but while homeowners can install things like solar panels, renters are being left behind. Fortunately, a Berlin-based startup We Do Solar with Ukrainian cofounder Karolina Attspodina is trying to change that.
- What most interests me is not the solar panels themselves, but the market opportunity. Germany has a unique housing culture. 48.9% of the population live in rental properties (much lower than the Western European standard), while 56.1% of Germans reside in apartments.
- This means that a company like We Do Solar — which can provide equipment normally out of these people’s reach — has the potential to thrive. The one stumbling block here though is cost.
- Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.