Bruno Kelly / Reuters Francisco da Silva Vale, 61, cleans solar panels which power ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters A man swims with his child on the waters of the Parana do Amana river at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters Residents unload solar-powered ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters View of the Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 23, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters Solar panels power water pumps to supply river water to the houses of the Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters Francisco da Silva Vale (L), 61, and his son Hercules at a fishing session at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 23, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters Francisco da Silva Vale, 61, carries fish at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 23, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters Eliakin Pereira Vale, 31 cools off fish with ice produced on solar-powered ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 24, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters Francisco da Silva Vale, 61, poses with a block of ice produced by solar-powered ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters Lorena Pereira, age four, takes a bath at her house with water pumped from the river using the energy of solar-powered at the Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters Residents play soccer at a field lit up with solar-powered lights at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters A man stands on the deck of his house at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 24, 2015.

Solar Powering the Amazon

In the Amazon rainforest, you need sun to make ice. At least when making it with Gelo Solar, or "Solar Ice," a project by Brazil's Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development and São Paulo University. In this poor energy region, the solar-powered machine produces nearly 200 pounds of ice per day and helps indigenous residents preserve their fish and fruits without disturbing their way of life. The Mamiraua Institute is also using solar energy to light up the community's homes and provide running water.

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