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Field Project: Botswana

Topic: Transition Community

Location: Mokubilo

Scale: 500 homes, School, and New Community Facilitates

Organizations: SWAP Trust working to support to the Motswedi Orphanage and Destitute Trust in the village of Mokubilo in the north of Botswana.

Dates: 2013-14

Sponsors: President of Botswana, Various Charities

Documents: Attached brief


Wow Robert! Very nice.

  • Project name:Promoting Environmental Sustainability through the use of Central Solar Charging Station as Clean Energy Source for lighting in Uniaro Community
  • Dates:September 2012
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Uniaro Community, Edo State, Southern Nigeria,
  • Contact person: Ogbemudia Godfrey (
  • Organizations involved:Community Research and Development Centre(CREDC)
  • Sponsors:Switzerland Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria
  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 40 indoor Lighting LED Lamps
  • Photos:
  • Project description and results:

The project “Promoting Environmental Sustainability through the use of Central Solar Charging Station as Clean Energy Source for lighting in Uniaro Community” was implemented by the Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC) as part of the PREEEN Project (Promoting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Nigeria). It was implemented with support from the Switzerland Embassy Nigeria (Abuja). The Project is located at Uniaro Community in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, Southern Nigeria.

In Uniaro Community before the implementation of this project, the community people are used to the traditional energy sources like  paraffin lamps , candles and kerosene lanterns for lighting at night. This situation exposed them to various respiratory disease associated with the burning of hydrocarbon based fuel to generate heat and light energy. This is contributed to global warming by the release of CO2 into the atmosphere there having negative effect on the environment. 

The objectives of the project were to; 1. Create awareness on the negative effect of Unsustainable energy sources (kerosene and other fuel sources) on our environment, 2. Provide access to clean energy and health compatible sources for lighting in order to reduce CO2 emission in Uniarho community, 3. Empower the youths of the community so as to be able to position their self in the emerging Renewable Energy Market, 4. Reduce the poverty in the community through household savings on energy bills and provide employment for the three members of LERC and 5. Empower three members of the community by train them on financial management/booking of all daily transactions with beneficiaries, technicalities involved in the charging procedures and maintenance of the facility. 

Project activities as stated in this report includes; Training Workshop, Installation Activities and Appraisal Workshop.  By the completion of the project, it is expected that about 1500 persons in Uniarho community are now aware of the negative environmental effect of unsustainable energy sources, 40 households now have access to clean energy source for lighting thereby reducing CO2 emission, Women Empowerment Enhanced and Gender Equality Promoted, 15 youths has been trained on how to install and maintain solar facility in the community, A boost of household income for 40 beneficiaries arising from savings made on the money spent on kerosene previously, 3 members of the community are now employed as LERC members after they have been trained on the job they will undertake as managers of the project and Stakeholders both in the Energy and Environment sector of the state are now aware of the Project. 


Project name: Caprivi Solar Light Project

Dates: June- December 2009

Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Sobbe and Wuparo Conservancies in the Caprivi Region of Namibia

Contact persons: Ryan Knight, Jennifer Dill, and Doug Vilsack for more info check out or call 720-515-8118

Organizations involved: lead by Elephant Energy in conjunction with the Sobbe and Wuparo Conservancies, Buy-One-Get-One (BOGO) programs in the US, the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy, The Polytechnic Institute of Namibia, local renewable energy suppliers, and other non-governmental organizations in Namibia

Sponsors: The Sobbe Conservancy's community benefits funds paid for their torches. Other funds have come from unknown sources.

Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 100 solar-powered torches in Sobbe Conservancy and 400 in Wuparo Conservancy.  


Project description and results: Elephant Energy is a US-based non-profit organization that works with community nature conservancies in Africa to promote rural development through the distribution of low-cost renewable energy technologies to families. In 2009 it sold over 500 solar-powered torches in the Caprivi region of Namibia, reaching over 2,000 people. Torches were sold at the subsidized cost of 50 Namibian dollars each (US $7.00), originally 170 Namibian dollars each (US $22.00). Families were able to save around US $7.00 a month using the torches instead of candles for indoor lighting, having spent an average of $43 Namibian dollars on candles each month in the past.

At the Sobbe Conservancy, chosen based on their degree of interest and capacity, the conservancy first used its own funds earmarked for community benefits ($5,000 Namibian dollars) to buy 100 torches, and then distributed them amongst its 661 conservancy members. Members used lights between 1 and 4 hours per day for indoor lighting, checking on animals at night, and reading.

This limited number of torches, and allowing conservancy staff to decide who to pass them out to created jealousy between those who received torches and those who did not, so a different distribution methods was used in the Wuparo Conservancy. There, torches were sold directly to conservancy members. In October Elephant Energy demonstrated how the torches worked in the three areas of Wuparo and took orders during the period November 10-13. Over 400 torches were sold. Participants had no complaints on how the sale was run and were quite happy. Torches were used primarily for indoor lighting as in the Sobbe Conservancy, but also for taking walks at night, and finding snakes.

In the future Elephant Energy's greatest challenges will be the logistics of importing large shipments of torches to Caprivi due to customs issues, and keeping the torches at an affordable price. Shipping is problematic because goods can't be shipped directly to Caprivi. They could be shipped to Windhoek, 15 hours drive from Katima Muililo, or Livingstone in Zambia, 2 hours drive from Katima Mulilo, but both of these create additional customs, travel, and visa costs. No matter where they are shipped to an additional US $2.00 would be added per torch. Elephant Energy plans on opening an energy shop in Katima Mulilo, using its profits to keep the prices low, working with fund raising programs in the US, and encouraging ecolodges and conservancies to pay half the cost of the torches for its members. 

“There is no reason for Namibians to live in darkness.”

Full report attached.


Project name: Charging Stations in Africa and India

Dates: ADPP Mozambique was founded in 1982

Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Changalane (Maputo Province) and Quissanga (Cabo Delgado Province) in Mozambique and Andhra Pradesh in India

Contact person: Dr. CV Rao of Prakruthi Power, email for ADPP:

Organizations involved: Prakruthi Power (Global Telelinks), ADPP Mozambique, NATCO Trust


Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 74 solar charging systems each equipped with 60 solar lanterns (Mozambique), bicycle mobile chargers (India)


Project description and results: ADPP Mozambique sees energy access as one of the main elements they can use to help eradicate poverty and increase human development. When providing people in off-grid living situations with energy services the two key  things to consider are affordability and accessibility.

The number of mobile devices in off-grid regions of Africa and India have increased greatly. Mobile devices can help farmers immensely, giving them access to information on weather forecasts and the availability of seeds and fertilizers. They are used so much that people are willing to travel up to 3km every couple of days to spend 2-3 hours somewhere where they can charge their phones. This costs someone nearly half a US dollar on charging and commuting each time.

ADPP Mozambique has teamed up with Prakruthi Power to come up with alternate, less expensive solutions. One solution they came up with was to set up a solar charging station, a room whee lanterns and mobile phones are directly charged from two charging devices, each with 20 ports and powered by a mono-crystalline panel installed on the roof. They set up two stations in Changalane (Maputo Province) and Quissanga (Cabo Delgado Province) in the Republic of Mozambique and taught locals how to, who then set up 72 more on their own.

A fully charged lantern gives 10-40 hours of light, so lantern owners only have to return to the charging stations after 2-3 days, where they spend a small fee for each charging. This program has significantly impacted people in these communities, saving them time and money on phone charging, and giving them reliable lighting for studying, cooking, and activities such as sewing and basket making.

Prakruthi Power also collaborated with NATCO Trust to create a program for solar entrepreneurship in Andhra Pradesh, India. 40% of India's urban and rural population suffer from 4-12 hour power cuts. To counter act this Prakruthi Power has created a range of LED and lithium-Ion combination based lights that can be charged by stand-alone charging systems.

These stand-alone charging systems were given to young solar entrepreneurs who carry the panel and USB cords on their bikes, then go from village to village charging people's mobile devices and lanterns. Around 50 devices, phones and lanterns, can be charged this way each day, and the entrepreneur can earn between $2.50 and $4.50 US dollars.

Prakruthi Power is now working on solutions for solar laptop and kindle charging, as well as empowering schools with solar power.

Project name: Off Grid Lighting and Charging Solutions

Dates: January 5, 2013

Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Republic of Congo: Mayoko District, Tsinguidi Village

Contact person:

Organizations involved: Global Telelinks India, TERI (the Energy and Resource Institute), Prakruthi Power


Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: Arundhati Li Ion Solar LED Lanterns installed with 60 Wp SPV


Project description and results:


People in the Congo use traditional lanterns with kerosene for lighting. Those lanterns sell for US $3-4 locally and the price for a liter of kerosene has recently risen from $0.70 to $2.60 on the black market. Households spend between $16-20 a month on kerosene.

Many parts of the Congo are not motor accessible and are totally impassable during rains. The Global Telelinks team took 5 days to commute between villages, where as the installation process took only ½ day per village.

Each lantern system, including charging stations, solar panels, and batteries, costs $70. Two financing options are offered:

  1. Hire-purchase Model: monthly payments of ~$20 (approx equal to avoided kerosene costs, monetized as ~$0.40/charge) to vendor; includes charging costs during that period.  After this period, owner pays only charging costs (~$0.20/charge), saving them ~$14/month thereafter. It takes 5 months to own lamp.
  2. Rental Model: no purchase involved, just rental of unit and ongoing $0.20/charge fee. This saves user approx $10/month (net) on kerosene costs. If these savings are "banked", user can then purchase lamp in seven months time. It takes 7 months to own lamp.

Operating cost savings for families with the lanterns is about $10 per month after deducting the cost of recharges per month ($.20 a charge). The source documentation is unclear as to how many recharges per month are assumed in these numbers, though it mentions that if used for 5 hours per day at the lowest Lux level, its charge could last about a week. Community charging stations can charge 14 lanterns or mobile phones per cycle.

Global Telelinks has implemented two payment models for buying a lantern. The first being the “Hire-Purchase Model” in which buyer pays for the lantern in monthly installments until the lantern is payed off. At an installment of $14 per month, the purchase period for a lantern is around 5 months. In the “Rental Model” one can pay for it over a period of 7 months. During that period they are able to use the lantern, though the cost per charge is considerably higher, at $0.40 a charge.

Similar installations have been done in the villages of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir in India, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, and Senegal.


Attached docs:

  • Product Specs
  • Background Report

Full Congo background report attached here

  • Project name: Light Library Project
  • Dates: March to July 2013
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Kaffrine and Kaolack regions, Senegal
  • Contact person: Kat Harrison
  • Organizations involved: SunnyMoney (SolarAid's social enterprise), Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER), Senegalese Ministry of Education
  • Sponsors: World Bank/Lighting Africa
  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 4,798 entry- and mid-level solar lights: d.light S2, Greenlight Planet SunKing Eco, Marathoner MB2-200, d.light S300, Greenlight Planet SunKing Pro
  • Photos
  • Project description and results

-        The Light Library Project is a project designed and delivered by SunnyMoney – the social enterprise of SolarAid, funded by World Bank/LightingAfrica and implemented in partnership with the Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER) and Ministry of Education (MoE). The objectives of the project were to increase access to, and use of, solar lights, and increase awareness of benefits of using these lights in rural Senegal through public schools.

-        SunnyMoney delivered a ‘library’ of solar lights – a Luminothèque – to selected public schools in rural areas to enable students to study after dark at home. The lights were donated to the Ministry of Education, are managed by the school and community, and provide access to, awareness of, and exposure to, pico-solar lights.

-        With a token charge per night for borrowing the lights (less than $0.01 for the smaller lights), the use of the library is available to all with the added benefit that the school can raise a small fund to replace the lights (at the end of their lifespan), add additional lights, or build a storage area for the library.

-        All students have equal access to the lights. Whole families will gain awareness of solar and the benefits through their use and due to SunnyMoney’s hands-on distribution method.

-        SunnyMoney ran a competitive procurement procedure and selected five approved solar lights that we felt would meet the needs of the project and users. A combination of entry-level lights; lower-cost and lower-functionality, and mid-level lights; more expensive and with phone-charging capability, were selected.

-        4,798 solar lights were donated to the Senegalese Ministry of Education in this project.

-        We selected the regions of Kaolack and Kaffrine for the project due to low electrification rates, high population, poverty and school enrolment rates.

-        58 public schools in total were selected to participate in the project; 34 in Kaolack region and 24 in Kaffrine region.  This represents around 6,115 students having access to the solar lights for study.

-        With large average family size it also means an estimated 55,000 people will have direct exposure to the technology with many more community members also gaining exposure through friends.

-        In addition to the lights given for student use, each school received four solar lights for teachers to use when preparing lesson plans and work at home.

-        SunnyMoney created a Light Library Project Management Committee at the national level who inputted into project design and implementation and who now oversee the running of the project as handed over from SunnyMoney at the end of the project. This Committee is made up of members of representatives from Ministère d’Éducation (MoE), l'Agence Sénégalaise d'Électrification Rurale (ASER), Comité Intersectoriel de Mise en Œuvre des Synergies entre le Secteur de l’énergie et des autres Secteurs Stratégiques pour la Réduction de la Pauvreté (CIMES), Ministère d’Énergie, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Energies Renouvelables (CERER) and LightingAfrica.

-        Local level Ministry of Education staff also play a critical role in the monitoring and management of the Light Libraries at the local level.

-        SunnyMoney conducted a baseline market study and baseline and follow up interviews with parents, teachers and school committee members at Light Library schools to gather information on attitudes towards, awareness of, and opinions on pico-solar lights, as well as to record reactions to the project including concerns and opportunities expressed, to better deliver in future.

-        The follow up interviews were conducted 2-3 weeks after the Light Library project implementation; we didn’t expect to be able to make strong assertions as to the success of the project at this early stage but wanted to get an understanding of initial reactions.

-        Most of the parents we followed up with had had a chance to use the lights in the library. Over nine in ten parents said their child is studying for longer; in fact, children who used the solar light did one hour extra study a night, on average.

-        In addition to this, the majority of parents interviewed had more hours of lighting each night when they borrowed a solar light from the library and significantly, all parents said they were saving money from reducing expenditure on batteries, candles and kerosene.

-        More than nine in ten were willing to buy a solar light at a market price given; more than this, many schools are collecting lists of people who want to buy and most of the calls to our call centre were teachers and parents asking how and where they can buy these lights.

-        There were also many other more social benefits that were recounted to the SunnyMoney team that the project brought about; one head-teacher reported that there had been increased enrolment as the project meeting was the first time many of the Islamic community members had visited the government school. At other schools the project helped to bring the community together to manage the lights and encourage commitment from the parents for their child’s education.

-        SunnyMoney aim to deliver a small-scale School Campaign, our traditional model from east Africa, in both the Light Library project region and a comparative region. This will allow us to make lights available for purchase for parents who expressed interest during our Light Library project implementation as well as test out whether awareness and exposure to these solar lights increases uptake. We believe this will be the case as families in the Light Library project region will have had a chance to test the technology and product and it is then less of a risk to invest in this new technology.

-        We will also be conducting a fuller impact evaluation; more rigorous follow up research to understand the longer-term impact of the Light Library project and enable SunnyMoney to produce a fuller report to advise on best practice for replication of the model. 

Project name:Improving access to safe, clean & affordable modern off-grid lighting
Dates:September 25, 2013 to January 30, 2014
Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Missaka, Kotto-1 & Efolofo/SWR, Cameroon
Contact person: Valentine Eku
Organizations involved:Haute Energy Systems (HES)
Sponsors:SNV Cameroon
Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 180 Rental Led Lanterns


Project description and results:

Within the framework of its klep30 (Kerosene Lamp Eradication Programme - VISION 2030) project HES has just completed a Lantern Rental Solar Charging Station pilot project in Missaka, Kotto-1 and Efolofo villages located in the South West Region of Cameroon. Co-funded by SNV as part of its 'Rural Small lighting business start-up', the project which started in September 25, 2013 and ended in January 30, 2014 served as a proof of concept of HES' MURS (Micro-Utility Rental System). Aimed at providing access to affordable lighting and telephone charging services in off-grid communities, the MURS is an innovative business model and self-financing solar rural electrification solution consisting of a Solar Docking Station (SDS) made up of one solar panel rated at 130Wp mounted on a 2.5m high metallic pole, a 100Ah Sealed maintenance-free deep cycle battery, a 40A MPPT charge controller, a 300W sine wave inverter, a wooden shelf, electrical accessory & outlets, 2 units of 90 LED Indiya lamps (for shop lighting) and 60 High lux rechargeable LED Lanterns (ReLLs) rented out to households (end-users) upon payment of a refundable deposit. The ReLL provides rural households with clean, safe and affordable bright light for up to 28 hours or 7 days (4 hours of lighting per day) on a single charge and power to charge cell phones and mini-radios.

How MURS works

Under a franchise arrangement, a village shop owner (preferably a woman) who has met with set criteria is appointed as a Village Energy Entrepreneur (VEE) to operate the MURS under the terms and conditions stated in the contract agreement. Upon the signing of the contract by parties, MURS is installed at the VEE's shop and he/she is trained on the technical and management aspects of the MURS to keep the business viable and operational on a 24/7 basis. Interested households may obtain ReLL after signing a Lantern Rental Contract with VEE and paying a refundable deposit Fcfa 2,500 (USD 5). Households are expected to pay a fee per charge of Fcfa 300 (USD 0.6). The approach mimics the way rural households purchase kerosene and pay for charging their phones on a regular, need and means basis. The collected fee over time covers the operating cost of the entire system on a commercial basis. given the profitable nature and short-term payback for shop-owners, it is a compelling business opportunity that brings significant socio-economic and environment benefits in off-grid communities.


Our innovation:

We develop modular solar docking stations and employ an innovative business model that makes solar power affordable for over 10 million consumers who use toxic kerosene lamps for lighting and spend their disposal income to charge mobile phone. Solar solutions including HES LED lantern are great, but unaffordable for most. Our technology and business model allows consumers to rent our LED lantern and pay for ownership over time, making clean, safe and bright lighting as well as power for phone charging affordable and accessible.



  1. Pupils, students and teachers benefit from better lighting for evening study and preparation of lessons
  2. Parents are able to extend their productive hours, and families benefit from better health.
  3. Businesses extend their operating hours and therefore increase revenue
  4. More hours for village folks to socialize
  5. The Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) of GSM companies increases
  6. Women are empowered technically & financially

About Haute Energy Systems (HES):

Haute Energy Systems (HES) is a hi-tech electrical engineering company specialized in Renewable Energy Technologies, energy efficiency and supply, installation and general maintenance of industrial & electromechanical equipment in the maritime, medical & telecommunication sectors. Created since 2005, HES has been at the forefront of developing sustainable energy projects for communities & councils and deploying robust, reliable & cost-effective sustainable energy solutions to individuals and households in Cameroon and Nigeria.

Main Objective:

Provide access to affordable, clean and modern energy products/services to the least-served populations of remote rural areas and urban slums to combat poverty, support UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and promote sustainable development locally & globally.


 About Klep30:

Klep30 is a joint initiative of HES (Haute Energy Systems) and VICCCUL (Victoria Customs Co-operative Credit Union Limited) to phase-out kerosene lamps in Cameroon by 2030 in response to UN Secretary General’s call for global action in advancing Sustainable Energy for All, which among its objectives calls for universal access to modern energy services by 2030.

Links to other docs:

  • Project name: DUNGO Solar Village (Pilot)
  • Dates: February 2013 - ongoing
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Abebe Doyo/Ambo/Ethiopia
  • Contact person: Yoseph Berhane
  • Organizations involved: Eternum Energy Ventures and Villageboom GmbH
  • Sponsors: Villageboom GmbH
  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 47, Villageboom Solar Light  Kit which includes Villageboom Led Lamp and Solar Panel
  • Photos:
  • Project description and results:

The goal is to replace 80% of kerosene lamps in this off-grid village (= Solar Village)

Fast conversion of people from use of kerosene to solar was one of the major results.

Hi Yoseph, it looks good, how about the quality of the solar lamp?

Project name: Farmers' Electrification Needs in Rural Off-Grid Ethiopia

Dates: November 2014

Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Mekane Selam / Ethiopia

Contact person (email): Bernhard Glaser (

Organizations involved: Private Entity

Sponsors: None

Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 5 SHS Systems -> 12V DC, 16Wp, 1000lm,

Photos: as attached

Project description and results: (see attached document -> Rural Electrification Ethiopia pdf)

Abstract: In rural off-grid Ethiopia, the electrification needs and demands of farmers have been observed with the aim of understanding their role in improving living standards. Solar Home Systems (SHS) have been installed and their social impact on farmers has been closely monitored. Another main objective of this mission was to do an adequate SHS system sizing which fits the needs and demands of typical farmers’ households in rural Ethiopia





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