The Center for Energy Commerce recognizes that a university education should include
more than job skills training. An important component — particularly in the age of
globalization — is the realization that while energy poverty exists there can be no
economic prosperity. The goal of the World Energy Project (WEP) is to teach students
that the oil and gas industry is exciting and potentially lucrative, it is also vitally
important to the health and well-being of the world's population. Their career efforts
are significant beyond what they see and do on a daily basis.
The WEP provides basic solar power systems to off-grid communities in developing countries
where access to electricity is unavailable through traditional sources. Students travel
to the communities to learn about system design, microfinance, and install the systems.
The WEP began in 2008 and has partnered with the Light up the World Foundation of
Calgary, Canada, and is now permanently based in Lima, Peru.