Conservationist Rebecca Klein of Cheetah Conservation Botswana was in need of energy to conduct her research in Botswana back in 2003. Rebecca works in remote areas of Botswana where power is not easy to get, and she desperately needed a reliable source of energy for her project. She spoke of this need at the 2003 Wildlife Conservation Expo, where San Francisco-based solar energy proponent Stephen Gold heard her. Gold contacted WCN and volunteered to help, and the WCN Solar Project was born.
Gold found that many conservationists were using either diesel generators or antiquated solar systems that were inadequate for their needs. Since that time, the WCN Solar Project has brought solar systems to Rebecca Klein and almost 50 other conservation projects around the world.