Irene Perbal began her adventure with solar cooking in 2005 when she traveled to Brazil with her husband Michael Boylson. Michael and Irene decided to take a dozen solar cookers with and demonstrate how to use and how to make them, to help low income people, who have to buy expensive bottled gas, with the means to use the abundant and free solar energy for their cooking.
Upon her return Irene formed an alliance with the local Rotary club in Jackson, California, USA, and she has been promoting solar cooking ever since. She sees the need for low income people living in developing countries to have access to this free fuel, but she also sees a need for helping the low income, and often homeless population close to her home in Jackson, California. She has started the website, Solar Cooking Plus to chronicle their solar cooking history, and to track new projects the group is undertaking.