The once war-torn community of Sabana Grande in northern Nicaragua is now a showcase for the power of sustainable energy to renew local communities. The town's 2,000 residents use solar-powered lamps and ovens, and even use a bike-powered blender to make smoothies. "What's happening in this community is a good example of how people can learn to work together with nature, work within the limits and still make a higher quality of life," says engineer and NGO worker Susan Kinne.

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