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Solar Energy Could Find New Niche in Remote Locations, By Sam Barouki

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Solar power continues to grow in both popular and economic acceptance. Industry watchers believe this alternative energy source also will gain a foothold in geographically distant locations in the coming years.

According to a recent opinion piece featured at RenewableEnergyWorld.com, military installations represent a good future market for solar power. This is because U.S. bases in combat zones often are located in remote regions, which presents a number of logistical and transportation challenges. As solar power becomes increasingly mobile and easier to install, military bases may be able to reduce their reliance on fossil fuel, saving money and lives as a result. Mobile solar power systems already have seen success in tests in Afghanistan.

Remote villages throughout the world represent another huge market for solar energy in the coming decades. Despite the tremendous infrastructure advances made in China, India, and other developing nations, more than 2.3 billion people around the world still have limited or no access to electricity. Recently, mobile solar power systems were used in remote areas of Nigeria. This enabled residents to enjoy the benefits of electricity and clean water for the first time.

About Sam Barouki

A skilled business manager, Sam Barouki most recently served as Director of Client Relations for Polaris Energy, an alternative energy firm based in Milan, Italy.

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April 26, 2013 at 1:16 am

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UKSIF: Promoting Sustainability in the Financial Sector

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Sam Barouki is an international business professional with a substantial history in banking and financial advisement. He is currently completing doctorate-level graduate work in the field of business administration. Previously, he served as Director of Client Relations at Polaris Energy. While at Polaris, Sam Barouki was active with the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, or UKSIF, a membership network that promotes responsible investment and financial management in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

Following the model established by the first social investment forum in the United States, the initial British retail ethical fund was launched in 1984. Seven years later, UKSIF had its official debut in London. Today, UKSIF is a leading force in the effort to make the UK financial sector a world leader in the advancement of green development and healthy investment practices.

The organization supports its mission by fighting for policy reform and giving its individual members the information and tools necessary to support effective business operations that are both responsible and sustainable. Its vision of a transparent and ethical financial services industry is shared by geographically focused investment partnership organizations throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

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April 16, 2013 at 7:02 am

Sam Barouki on Polaris Energy

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Luxembourg-based private-equity firm Polaris Energy offers sound renewable-energy investments to provide financial security to investors while positively impacting future generations. Through a variety of methods of green-energy investing, the company focuses on projects with the potential to offer long-term returns. As the world’s supply of fossil fuels diminishes, demand for exploiting the earth’s renewable-energy potential increases. Polaris Energy takes an aggressive approach toward meeting this need and seeks industry partners who share the company’s passion for creating a more sustainable planet.

With its offices in Milan, Italy, Polaris Energy remains on the forefront of the Italian photovoltaic solar market. The government has instituted a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) that ranges up to a 400 percent premium above the market price for electricity and is locked in for 20 years for the production of photovoltaic solar energy. Bank financing of 70 to 80 percent and standard performance bond and project insurance requirements bode well for the market, and one of Polaris Energy’s Italian projects is a photovoltaic solar farm projected to provide annual dividends and a 20 to 28 percent return on investment.

Polaris Energy concentrates on purchasing completed photovoltaic facilities due to their security features. Financed, fully constructed, and joined to the power grid through GSE grants, the power plants it targets provide a 17 to 20 percent annual return on investment. The company currently offers several plants with 2010 or early 2011 FiT rates for partnership opportunities. As the 2011 FiT rate began decreasing monthly beginning in June, individuals should contact Polaris Energy at polarisenergy.com for current rates.

In order to ensure financial stability for its investors, Polaris Energy maintains a Swiss banking platform. The firm pursues options in wind and ocean turbines, hydroelectricity, geothermal electricity, biofuels, and solar energy, all in its endeavor to meet the world’s clean-energy needs. As the global population becomes more cognizant of the need to become sustainable, the green-energy investments of Polaris Energy are likely to prove sound, long-term assets.

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A staunch supporter of renewable energy, Sam Barouki serves as Director of Client Relations for Polaris Energy.

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April 4, 2013 at 11:34 am