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We Care Solar

We save lives in childbirth by making solar power simple. We offer energy solutions for health clinics in the developing world.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded May 2010
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

We Care Solar designs and manufactures the Solar Suitcase, a rugged, portable solar electric system. The majority of health clinics in the developing world lack reliable energy; each year, some 360,000 mothers die in childbirth, predominantly in energy-poor areas. Reliable electricity allows doctors and nurses to provide urgent obstetric care and perform life-saving surgery. We have shipped 160 Solar Suitcase systems to 17 countries.


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    Dr. Laura Stachel
    Exec Director, Co-Founder

    MD, UCSF Medical School
    MPH, UC Berkeley
    DrPH candidate, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
    Ob/Gyn in Berkeley for 15 years
    Associate Director of Emergency Obstetric Research in West Africa for the Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability
    Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
    Co-chair of International Working group on Energy and Health for UN Foundation

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    Hal Aronson
    VP Technology, Co-Founder

    Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
    Co-director of Solar Way Forward, a solar design, education, and consultation firm.
    Co-creator of Solar Schoolhouse, bringing solar curriculum to schools throughout California.
    Teacher of renewable energy in California for 13 years
    Teacher at Solar Richmond
    Creator of California Youth Energy Services

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    Alan Saldich

    MBA, Harvard Business School
    BS Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
    Board Member and Treasurer, We Care Solar
    Board Member, The Berkeley School
    Advisor, Meraki Networks
    23 years in eight startups, most recently as VP of marketing at Riverbed Technology, 2002 - 2009


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    Spencer Weisbroth, Esq.
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    Monte Meyers, Shining Star Consulting & Sharon Rubens, Rubens Nunnemaker LLP

Previous Investors

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    MacArthur Foundation
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    Michael Marks
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    UBS Optimus Foundation