Our goal is sustainable and replicable electrification in rural East Africa, since reliable and affordable sources of energy are fundamental not only for wellbeing, but also for economic growth and poverty reduction.
We have devised a system to provide electrical services such as lighting and refrigeration to rural communities that do not have access to the national electricity network.
By engaging a sustainable business model, the community operated electrical installation is made economically viable and self-financing. We argue that to implement sustainable rural electrification, three important components are required:
Engage the local community in determining their needs, aspirations and goals and assess the social, economic and cultural context of the community to identify the most appropriate system.
Select technologies best suited for the local situation, based on the resources available and the wants and needs of the community.
The introdction of energy systems must be accompanied by the development of business processes to allow sustainable replication, deliver social benefits and generate wealth for the community.