May 16


$5 Suggested Donation at the Door

Burning in the Sun FilmJoin ReVision Energy and the Maine Chapter of the US Green Building council for a screening and discussion of “Burning in the Sun”

Film Description

Twenty-six year old charmer Daniel Dembélé is equal parts West African and Italian, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel returns to his homeland in Mali to start a local business building recycled solar panels from scraps – the first of its kind in this sun-drenched nation near the Sahara Desert. Daniel’s goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99% of which live without power.

BURNING IN THE SUN is the story of Daniel’s journey of growing his idea into a viable company, and to see his dream of improving the lives of his countrymen realized, beginning with the small village of Banko. With controversial stances on sustainable energy, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the documentary explores what it means to become your own man and the small steps that can change the destiny of a nation.

Burning In The Sun TRAILER from Cinema Libre Studio on Vimeo.


The film showing will be followed by a discussion with experts in this area, Dr. Richard Komp, who stars in the film, and Fred Greenhalgh.

Dr. Richard Komp has over 50 years experience with solar and PV. His PhD is in physical chemistry but he has also been a professor of physics and astronomy, invented several solar devices, authored books including “Practical Photovoltaics” and published numerous articles on solar technology. Dr. Komp is involved with several solar organizations and currently travels the world giving workshops on solar /PV technologies and applications.  He is currently the head of the Maine Solar Energy Association.

Fred Greenhalgh comes from the world of agency web marketing and today works on a variety of ReVision Energy’s digital marketing programs including the website, blog, social media sites, and newsletters. You also may catch him at an event in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire region. Fred and his wife, Amy, are currently working on a volunteer solar array installation planned for Malealea, Lesotho (Southern Africa) in January, 2014.

$5 Suggested Donation at the Door

This program was made possible by support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Portland Public Library.