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Access to power is possible for poorest rural African households

Africa Power, focussed on improving access to power for the poorest rural African households; together with its partners: Divi Power; Southampton University; Sincronicity Africa Power and Africa Power (Zambia) are developing an affordable, upgradeable Solar Home System (SHS) product line, for off-grid rural African households, and conducting field testing in Tanzania and/or  Zambia. Access to power via zero deposit, upgradeable Solar Home Systems Unlike other SHS in the local market, these low-cost systems require zero deposits and are fully upgradeable to include more appliances (and additional solar panels and battery capacity) once the basic system is paid off, enabling...

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Solar Power preferred to Grid Power in rural Tanzania?

We just completed our 11th solar home installation in a remote part of rural Tanzania, in a village where both solar power and grid power are available.  The installation, included all wiring, equipment, solar home system all on PAYG, leading to full ownership over time, and with the ability to upgrade when needed.  Mkoko Village Solar Installation The village is 10-15kms away from the main road and town of Msata, and with un-made roads, is only passable in the dry season. The 11th installation was however, back up on the main road, where a villager’s father lived. Although fitted for...

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Accelerated rural electrification – what is the key?

Anchor Clients – the Key to Accelerated Rural Electrification? By developing the synergies between mobile telecom towers in off grid areas, and community energy needs, we have developed a proven model for the adoption of clean technologies (highly reliable, technically robust solar power for telecom towers, replacing diesel generators) at off-grid towers whilst also delivering accelerated rural electrification for the surrounding community, delivered in a scalable way with PAYG, and full maintenance support. In this case, the telecom tower acts as the Anchor Client, and the stimulus for accelerated rural electrification. AfricaPower Ltd has developed an ABCD(tm) model for...

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Impact of Access to Power on Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

The importance of electricity to women living in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be overemphasized. Approximately two thirds of the people in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to power. This limitation affects the different facets of life in Sub-Saharan Africa; education, health, business, but on a day to day level, the shear time spent on household chores such as fetching water, collecting firewood, walking to charge mobile phones are made more difficult by the lack of access to power.  Since many of these tasks are carried out by women, their access to power has numerous impacts on the empowerment of women...

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What is energy poverty? 10 real impacts of living without access to power

What is Energy Poverty?   Energy poverty can be defined as a lack of access to electricity for households and for clean cooking. Sustainable Development Goal no. 7 demands access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, but access to power is also fundamental in ensuring the success of many of the other 17 SDG’s. 10 impacts of living without access to power Here we explore 10 real impacts of living without access to power and in energy poverty, as experienced by the 7 out of 10 people in Sub Saharan Africa. Reduced opportunity for income generation...

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