Last updated: 11 July 2015
Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet) was an informal alliance of NGOs, businesses, educational institutions, and manufacturers in over 120 countries. Its purpose was to improve health, economics, societies and environments through collective actions to spread solar cooking, water pasteurization and food processing, especially to regions of greatest need. The US NGO Solar Cookers International sponsored the Network and acted as its secretariat. SCInet has now been replaced by the Solar Cookers International Association.
Activities include collective advocacy, technology and networking. Organizations focusing on solar cookers, pasteurizers and food processers have access to policy makers through Solar Cookers International's consultative status with United Nations agencies. Volunteer United Nations representatives educate policy makers and contribute to policies formation. These open doors for SCInet members to advocate and work with agencies in their country offices. These agencies include:
- World Health Organization (WHO), for smoke and water-borne diseases reduction.
- High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to relieve extreme hardships in fuel-scarce, dangerous areas, Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) for reduced CO2 and carbon particulates.
- Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD)
Many Network members agree to be listed for advocacy on behalf of solar cooking, and provide demonstrations, training and resources at conferences, public venues and for new groups.
Current efforts include:
- Updating standards for evaluating solar cookers performance for diverse consumer needs. Leading this is Prof. Ajay Chandak at Promoters and Researchers in Non-Conventional Energy (PRINCE) in India.
- Upscaling capacities to produce, distribute, introduce and maintain services to serve worldwide needs at greater capacity.
- Members share information through their web pages in this wiki website.
- Occasional conferences allow discussions on ways to increase marketing and visibility of our simple solutions. The latest conference was the SCI Regional Convention - North America 2015. The year before the SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014 was held. A very large conference, the Solar Cookers and Food Processing International Conference was in Spain in 2006. See Conferences.
- Online discussion groups allow association members to freely share ideas and experiences. Each section works independently, among its interested participants.
- Solar Cookers International's Solar Cooker Review includes news sent by promoters.
- Occasional E-News alerts solar cookers leaders to opportunities to collaborate.
Audio and video
- July 2014:
Becoming a Solar Cookers International Associate
- Donate online: Donate to Solar Cookers International. All donations may be tax-deductible in the United States through Solar Cookers International, a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization (Tax ID 68-0153141).
- Buy from Amazon.com Shop at Amazon.com and .5% of your payment will be donated to SCI. Just use this link and shop as you normally do: Support SCI with your Amazon Smile purchase.
- Good Search / Good Shop- Search the web with GoodSearch.com and each time you do a search, GoodSearch will donate a penny to our cause! Shop online at GoodShop.com and a percentage of each purchase will be donated to our cause! More than 600 top stores are participating including Amazon, Target, Staples, Best Buy and more! Code for inserting a Good Shop banner
- Fun(d)-raising - Your group or community can support SCI, AND have fun too. Creative events people have organized include community Solarbrations, Sol Food pot-lucks and Sun Runs. Please see these ways that schools and young people have raised money for our work.
- Sell items on eBay! SCI is a certified charity on eBay, which means you can help fundraise for us. Visit our eBay charity page for more information.
- Contact SCI's Sacramento, California office to discuss these or other options.
Recent news and developments
- June 2013: Solar Cookers International to dedicate more resources to renamed Solar Cookers International Network - Since its founding in 2006, the Solar Cookers International Network has continued to expand. Network members now include over 500 NGOs, individuals, and manufacturers working in the field to advance the cause of solar cooking. At the same time, the Network’s wiki resources has grown to become an unparalleled resource for solar cooking knowledge worldwide. With contributions of articles and photos from Network members and monetary and administrative support from Solar Cookers International (SCI), this wiki now contains nearly 2000 articles, covering all aspects of solar cooking design and promotion. Today SCI renews its commitment to the Solar Cookers International Network and its corresponding Wiki. SCI will direct more resources toward both. In the near future, SCI will ask all Network members to give us their feedback to help us prioritize our efforts to assist in areas of greatest need. Read the “Letter from the Executive Director” in the June 2013 issue of Solar Cooker Review for more information about SCI’s Strategic Plan for 2013-2018. To communicate SCI’s renewed and expanded commitment to the Network, starting today, June 2, 2013 the name of the Network and Wiki will change, but not their substance. The Solar Cookers International Network will become the Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet); the Solar Cookers International Network Wiki will become the Solar Cookers International Network Wiki.SCI welcomes your input. Please contact SCI at email@example.com if you have questions or comments.
- September 2009: The September 2009 issue of Solar Cookers World Network's newsletter is now online.
- April 2009 New newsletter for the new Canada/USA/Europe Net. Scroll down for more information.
- February 2009: SCWNet Newsletter
- November 2008: SCIA Newsletter
- October 2008: SCIA Newsletter
- May 2008: SCIA Newsletter
- January 2008: SCIA Newsletter
- July 2007: SCIA Newsletter
The Network was formed as the Solar Cookers International Association at the 2006 International Conference on Solar Cookers and Food Processing in Granada, Spain, renamed to the Solar Cookers World Network in 2009, and finally renamed to the Solar Cookers International Network in 2013.