Geodesic The Concept
As related to a cost effective mass housing solution.


Solar Applications

Solar Ovens and Solar Cooking


Bake.. hundreds of loaves of bread per day
Boil… countless liters of water
Cook… virtually anything in large or small volumes
Sterilize… medical instruments

High temperatures… in excess of 500°F / 260°C
Rugged durable construction… designed to last for decades
Easy Track tracking system…adjusts to follow the sun
Propane back up system…operates 24 hours a day
Trailer mounted…
easy to transport and secure for storage (1 7/8 Ball)
Simple to operate…operators can be trained in a matter of hours
Collapsible reflector assembly… folds for easy transport and storage (5 min. to set up)

Trailer mounted folded for storage 74 in. (187.9cm)
Trailer mounted open for use 109.5 in. (287.2cm)
Ground level folded for storage 55 in. (139.7cm)
Ground level open for use 99 in. (251.5cm)
At bezel 25.8 sq.ft. (2.37sq.m)
At base 14.7sq.ft. (1.35sq.m)
Cooking chamber 7cu.ft. (20cu.m)
Cooking shelf 6.53sq.ft. ( 60sq.m)
Reflective Area 91.75sq.ft. (8.44sq.m)
Reflector diameter when open 109in. (276.9c.m)
Glass 16sq.ft. (1.47sq.m)
Deck 4 x 6ft. (1.22 x 1.83m)
Overall width at fenders 64in. (162.5c.m)
Oven and trailer 980 lbs. (444kg)
Standard Accessories
1 Trailer leveling leg
1 Trailer dolly
2 Jack Stands
2-20 lb propane tanks
3 Oven thermometers

Current Usage

Community feeding
Retreat centers
Refugee programs
Missions compounds

This is an excellent project for organizations such as Rotary, churches, and other non-profit organizations. Help people to become more self-sufficient. Rotary presents a self-sustaining project.
Participate in the Temple Solar Project. Get involved - adopt a village and make a difference.

Read about the Bakery Co-operative in Honduras

Empowering the less fortunate through micro-enterprise offers the greatest potential to alleviate poverty and to enhance the quality of life for generations to come.

The VILLAGER SUN OVEN® is available with a 150-piece micro-sun-bakery package. This turn-key package bakery enables the creation of a self-sustaining micro-enterprise to turn out fresh baked goods, while creating jobs and eliminating the cost of fuel.
The Micro-Sun-Bakery Package includes:
1 VILLAGER SUN OVEN® with trailer, propane backup, and accessories
108 Durable bread pans
20 Cake pans
6 Flat pans
2 Heavy duty rolling pins
1 Large oven peel
2 Dough scrapers
6 Hot pads
1 Rugged insect-proof flour bin
1 Wire whip
2 Large mixing bowls


M i c r o-S u n-B a k e r i e s:
Creating Self-Sustaining, Self-Propagating Micro-Enterprise
This is a peek inside one of the VILLAGER SUN OVENS® used in a Micro-Sun-Bakery.

The purpose of these programs is to alleviate poverty and enhance the quality of life throughout selected developing-world countries by empowering the hard working poor to raise their standard of living through self-sustaining micro-enterprise called Micro-Sun-Bakeries. These bakeries utilize the ultimate renewable resource, sunshine, to cost-effectively provide a needed food staple while combating the destructive forces of deforestation, working to decrease desertification.

1) Establish Micro-Sun-Bakeries in selected developing-world countries.
2) Use a portion of the proceeds from the initial Micro-Sun-Bakeries to fund expansion into additional locations on a self-propagating basis.
3) Teach local nationals to empower themselves through the establishment of self-sustaining micro-bakeries.
4) Establish hundreds of new locally owned businesses in selected developing-world countries which would utilize training, technology and equipment provided by NGO's, businesses and donations.
5) Use the non-polluting energy of the sun to prevent further deforestation from creating continuing irreparable ecological destruction.
6) Employ 13 to 18 people at each bakery location.
8) Acquaint nationals with the environmentally friendly concept of solar cooking.
9) Improve the general health of women and children by eliminating significant amounts of smoke, they customarily have in their eyes and lungs, while cooking and baking.
10) Reduce the time-consuming task of searching for and collecting wood for cooking and baking fires, done mostly by women and children, which places them at increased risk for accidents, rape and abuse


Women determining their own destiny - with sustainable micro-enterprise - using the Micro-Sun-Bakery as the vehicle to bake the bread and lead them out of poverty!
Using supervisory personnel from reputable organizations already resident in developing-world countries, identify "entrepreneurs" from local villages to establish bakeries. Each bakery will utilize a VILLAGER SUN OVEN® to bake bread, cakes and pastries for sale in a specified geographic region. These entrepreneurs will be trained in basic business management skills and specific solar bakery management techniques.
Work with each entrepreneur to:
1. Develop a customized marketing and distribution plan for their region.
2. Establish and monitor cash flow and profit objectives for their location(s).
3. Outline a growth plan to allow an increase in sales and profits.
4. Develop appropriate human resource policies that will enable the bakery employees to improve their standard of living.

Each bakery will be equipped with a VILLAGER SUN OVEN® that will reach temperatures in excess of 500° F / 260° C. This oven is specifically designed for developing-world bakery operations and has an effective life of at least 20 years. It comes equipped with propane back up system, which allows it to be utilized at night or during the rainy season. Each location will be equipped with a 150-piece Micro-Sun-Bakery package, which includes:
108 durable bread pans, 20 cake pans, 6 flat pans, 2 heavy duty rolling pins, 1 large oven peel, 2 dough scrapers, 6 hot pads, 1 rugged insect-proof flour bin, 1 wire whip and 2 large mixing bowls.
The Micro-Sun-Bakery package can be customized to fit the specific types of baked goods consumed in a given country.

Sustainable Accomplishments
The Micro-Sun Bakery business plan will conservatively allow (within 10 years) an initial investment of 25 Micro-Sun-Bakeries, to grow to accomplish the following:
- Have Micro-Sun-Bakeries operating in over 300 locations.
- Create 300 new businesses, which will be owned by local nationals.
- Have created over 5,000 paying jobs for needy persons.
- Be generating annual gross revenue of over $10,000,000 for newly created businesses.
- Generate total (10 year) gross revenue of over $300,000,000.
- Baked 3,000,000,000 loaves of fresh bread.
- Have saved a total of over 20,000,000 tons of firewood.
- Acquaint hundreds of thousands of people with the concept of solar cooking.
- Generate over $15,000,000 towards the self-propagation of more micro-enterprise sun-bakeries.
- Have helped to reduce the incidence of lung and eye diseases among women and children.
- Have helped to alleviate dangerous and time consuming chores of finding and collecting wood by women and children.
- Have helped to reduce the harmful effects on our atmosphere, by the smoke from thousands of wood-burning fires.

A poor farmer has become an "entrepreneur"
in opening the family micro-Sun-Bakery.
Program Description
The Micro-Sun-Bakery Program will establish, equip, train and implement self-sustaining bakery enterprises in selected countries. Each of these bakeries will employ 13 to 18 people to prepare, bake, sell and deliver goods which have been baked in a solar oven.

These bakeries will self-fund growth to enable expansion into hundreds of additional locations. Each Micro-Sun-Bakery will fill the need for fresh, locally prepared bread and other baked goods.
Currently, in many developing countries bread must be delivered to rural areas from larger cities. This delivery increases the cost of the bread. Due to the distance of the bread makers from rural villages, there are days when bread is not delivered and the bread is typically not fresh. The bakeries will be located in the market area they serve; this will reduce the delivery expense and allow fresher baked goods to be provided to the consumer. The closer location of the bakeries to the markets served, and the use of the sun as the primary fuel source, should allow baked goods to be sold to the ultimate consumer for 25% less than the current prices.

Each bakery can provide baked goods for up to 250 families. The proposed bakeries will be able to be located in areas that will have a need for baked goods without posing a serious threat to any established bakery operations. The jobs that will be created will help the local economy of the villages in which each bakery is located, by keeping more money in the local area.

The primary source of energy will be the sun. These micro-enterprises will be able to function regardless of power availability. Electric mixers will be utilized when power is available; hand mixers will be on hand to allow for dough and batter preparation when power is not available.
The single biggest threat to many developing world countries' ability to grow and prosper is deforestation. The demands of massive population growth and the inefficient conversion of wood to charcoal, have outstripped the forests ability to regenerate. Science strongly supports the fact that deforestation is changing weather patterns, causing soil erosion and depleting plant and animal life. Currently, much of the baking in the developing world is done in ovens fueled by charcoal. The inefficient conversion of wood to charcoal is one of the leading causes of the ever-growing deforestation problems. The use of an oven powered by the sun will allow for enormous volumes of baked goods to be prepared without further damaging the already fragile environment. In the cities, gas is used to power ovens, and utilizing the free energy of the sun will help to decrease the need to import cooking gas and will contribute in a positive way to the country's balance of trade.

Deforestation is the gravest environmental crisis facing the world today.

Its far-reaching effects include:
* The decreasing availability of firewood.
* Removing the trees from an area is to remove its source of life.
* Forests protect the soil against erosion and reduce the risks of landslides and avalanches.
* Forests increase the rate that rainwater recharges groundwater as well as control the rate that water is released in watersheds, helping sustain freshwater supplies.
* Forests affect the climate. The occurrence and strength of floods and droughts increase when they are eliminated.
* Forests are an important source of oxygen.
* Forests store large amounts of carbon that are released when trees are cut or burned.
If deforestation is not reversed, there is little hope that negative environmental and economic trends that have restrained growth can be reversed. A major environmental rehabilitation and reconstruction process must begin immediately. This process cannot begin if every tree that is planted is not allowed to grow to maturity. When people are taught to use the solar resource they have in abundance, other positive environmental and economic changes will be effective.
The Micro-Sun-Bakery Program will combine training and business development to provide solutions to the growing problems of deforestation and global warming through economic empowerment. Every tree that is allowed to remain in place will help future generations. Every person who gains entrepreneurial expertise will contribute to improving the quality of life for themselves and the greater community of their country.

Read about a Honduras bakery

SUN OVENS International, Inc. is currently seeking charitable, aid, mission, relief, and environmental organizations and other NGO's in developing countries to work with to develop a comprehensive country-specific program that can be submitted to funding sources.

Currently, there are 51 micro-Sun-Bakeries in 6 countries. The majority of these bakeries have been funded by the generosity of Rotary clubs from around the world. Several grant applications are pending and await funding approval from a variety of foundations.

One of the VILLAGER SUN OVENS®purchased and donated by the Rotary Club of Naperville, Illinois. They, along with the other Rotary Clubs of Rotary District 6450, have started a major drive of support for solar cooking and the use of renewable resources, called "The Temple Solar Project." This project has placed more than 40 Micro-Sun-Bakeries on 3 continents.

Rotary Connection
Tom Burns, the inventor of the SUN OVENS®, has been a member of Rotary International for more than 40 years. It was Tom's involvement in Rotary that showed him the need people around the world had for a way to cook that did not require cutting down trees.

Since 1986, Rotarians have supported SUN OVEN® projects on five continents, saving countless trees and improving the lives of thousands of people. Rotary still remains an active participant in numerous projects around the world.
Tom Burns (left), the SUN OVEN® inventor, Paul Munsen President of SUN OVENS International, and Rotarian Ken Schumann of Hartland, Wisconsin supervise the preparation of a sun cooked meal. Ken Schumann coordinated a matching grant through the Rotary Foundation to provide two VILLAGER SUN OVENS® for Port-au-Prince Haiti.

The TEMPLE SOLAR PROJECT (TSP) is a district level of Rotary District 6450 (the birthplace of Rotary Chicago) program established in November of 1997 in memory of Past District Governor William Temple ('94-'95).

In many underdeveloped nations, all cooking and baking is done with wood or wood converted to charcoal. Population growth has gradually consumed available fuel and now requires daylong journeys by women and children to locate remaining wood in many deforested lands. The conversion of scarce wood to charcoal in order to bake basic staples such as bread wastes 60% of the fuel, damages the body, deforests the land and pollutes the air. The VILLAGER SUN OVENS®, provided through the funding campaigns of the Temple Solar Project, can bake hundreds of loaves of bread, cook all forms of food or purify water.

One of the many Micro-Sun-Bakeries provided by the Temple Solar Project in Honduras.

The Temple Solar Project facilitates the funding to purchase these large ovens, arranges a partnership with Rotary Clubs in receiving nations and manages the shipment. Receiving clubs arrange for the delivery, set up and training to put the project into effect. This solar energy cooking and baking equipment forms the nucleus of micro-bakeries, which serve the basic needs of small communities and enable women to learn enterprise and greater self-sufficiency.

To date more than 50 VILLAGER SUN OVENS® will have been placed throughout the world in order to accomplish this improvement. These countries were poor to start with and have suffered due to natural disasters or war. The countries that have benefited from this project include:
North Korea
Burkina Faso

These ovens are being used to provide food for refugee camps, aids orphans, schools, hospitals and remote villages that are frequently women enterprise projects. To best view how the ovens have been successfully implemented, please visit the TSP web site at

Why Solar Ovens?
Ever since man discovered fire, he began to change the ecology of the world. The industrial age saw tremendous strides in the consumption of wood and other fossil fuels, leading to pollution on a worldwide scale and to depletion of valuable natural resources. The demands of massive population growth and the inefficient conversion of wood to charcoal have outstripped the third world's forests ability to regenerate. The ecological effect of wood fuels is burdensome and has a far-reaching negative global impact.

These global trends will surely lead to environmental destabilization in two major ways, deforestation and global warming. Science strongly supports the fact that deforestation for agricultural and fuel use is changing weather patterns, causing

soil erosion and depleting plant and animal life. It is predicted that wide-spread suffering will occur, including forced migration, crop failures, famine, destructive weather patterns and economic mayhem.

No one on earth will be spared from these events,
but those groups with the least resources and ability to respond will suffer the most.

One-half of the world cooks with wood or charcoal fires. Fuelwood shortages make essential, daily cooking very difficult for one-fourth of humanity. As forests are eliminated, villagers have to travel great distances to find wood. This often takes half of their day or requires that they spend half of their household income for cooking fuel. Solar cooking can have an enormous impact on the everyday life of millions of people in underdeveloped countries. Smoke from cooking fires is the leading cause of infectious lung afflictions among young children leading to the death of over five million children in the third world each year.

The benefits are to:
· provide a source of safe, sustainable energy
· prevent deforestation from creating irreparable ecological destruction
· provide nutritional, inexpensive food for local citizens
· establish self-sustaining micro-bakeries
· improve the quality of life
· aid villages with community development through micro-enterprise and economic empowerment

A well-known proverb states, "Feed a starving man a fish and you've nourished him for a day. Teach him to fish and he can feed himself for a lifetime."

· Reduced the demand on the forest
· Reduced global warming
· Helped curtail infectious lung afflictions
· Created jobs
· Provide new opportunities for communities to grow and prosper

ROTARIANS are making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in developing countries. Over the next decade we will make a difference in the lives of all of mankind. Empowering the weak through micro-enterprise offers the greatest potential to alleviate poverty and enhance the quality of life for generations to come.

You can help by supporting THE TEMPLE SOLAR PROJECT.
Get involved! Adopt a village!
Make a difference!
Patricia Merryweather
Rotary Club of Naperville
234 DiLorenzo Drive
Naperville, Illinois 60505
United States of America
(630) 416-8683 (evenings)
(630) 202-5579 (cell)
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