We provide new low-carbon pathway to rural power. We install renewable solar panels and rechargeable batteries freeing economic growth from carbon emissions (as well as reducing imports of costly oil product – improving African balance of payments and macro-economies)
Diesel generators and kerosene lamps are amongst the least efficient ways of providing power services. Thus our solar panels displace more CO2 emissions per peak Watt that installing them on on-grid solar farms.
It is a myth that solar cannot drive high power appliances and machinery (especially rotational power). A single, simple 12 volt car battery provides 6kW of instantaneous torque to start your car and yet only stores 0.1 kWhrs. Batteries are sized to store enough energy and always have excess power capability.
Twenty years ago, people agonised that providing universal communications in Africa would exhaust the limited copper resources. Then we invented the mobile phone.
Today, people worry about the impact of a billion Africans seeking to use energy as profligately as the western world as incomes rise. Thanks to innovative technology Africa will not follow our footsteps.
Our emphasis on the business use of power in rural areas, and in strengthening the local economy power, will help those communities become more resilient to climate change and drought resilience in a myriad of ways.
Provision of Clean Solar Power: We displace expensive and polluting diesel and gasoline generators and kerosene lighting with renewable solar, clean power.
Power to enable access to Drip Irrigation: Electricity can allow pumping and drip-irrigation of scarce water to mitigate the effects of climate change. Scarcity of water is a key challenge in mitigating climate change, and the implementation of drip irrigation systems makes most efficient use of available water, delivering it to the roots of the plant when its needed.
Power for cooling & waste reduction: Increasing temperatures will increase the rate of decay of farm produce and shorten the field to table “shelf-life”, increasing food wastage. Even moderate amounts of cooling (as opposed to full refrigeration) can dramatically reduce crop-wastage, improving nutrition; increasing incomes and providing higher quality, and hence easier to sell, produce. Small solar systems are well suited to providing these modest levels of cooling.
Save & Invest: Domestic solar systems provide cost savings to households enabling them to save money. Money to invest in better education; improved medicines or starting or expanding a small business or small-holding.
Better Health: Power at a health clinic improves the standard of care and allows temperature sensitive medicines and vaccines to be stored for longer. An improved health of the community significantly adds to climate resilience.
Improved Education: Power in schools will improve rural school results and allow adult education in the evening. Improved education is vital to allow new agricultural practises to be disseminated to combat the effects of climate change or to allow workers to transfer their skills to new jobs as society adapts to climate change.