Instructions: Use this area to post information on actual projects in the field (here's an example). These may be research or pilot projects, or full-blown roll-outs to broad markets. To add a project, simply create a post (below). Copy the following bold headings into your post and fill in your project's info. You can come back any time and update the information. If you are just browsing and see data with which you disagree or have the ability to update, please communicate first with the Contact Person listed in the post before doing so.

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  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link):
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  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed:
  • Photos:
  • Project description and results:
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Very interesting! Dear Bernhard, we now have more to discuss about next time we meet. Keep in touch.

Curious to know if this project addresses grain milling?

  • Project name:  MAIGOBO sub-district (Hawzen) – in Geralta 

    The first 100% kerosene and indoor smoke free zone in rural Tigray / Ethiopia (Pilot project)

  • Dates: September 2014  to  August 2016
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link):  Maigobo sub-district (Hawzen district - Tigray, Ethiopia)
  • Contact person: Salvatore Chester ( -
  • Organizations involved: Tsere lamba - solar energy ( private initiative)
  • Sponsors: Salvatore Chester
  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: > 1500 D. Light S2 and S20 solar lanterns, > 600 improved cookstoves, and equal numbers of steel cooking pots and teakettles. 
  • Photos: As attached
  • Project description and results:
  • Is it possible to completely and sustainably displace kerosene from an entire village or rural district?
  • Providing a practical answer and demonstration to this question of energy poverty is the main objective here.   Please view relative details in the attached Follow-up Report # 2 -  March 2015 
  • Conclusions of planned steps : 
  • Step No.1 :  making every household adopt, benefit, and regularly use the complete package is almost achieved, as intended.
  • Step No. 2 : ensuring sustainability with consistent assistance and follow-up over a period of at least 2 years is going on.

  • Step No. 3 :  creating the necessary awareness that this time-based initiative will have to be continued based on self reliance and using own means, is started. 

  • Step No. 4 :  making additional efforts for having it replicated in Hawzen district and, possibly beyond, is in the plan.  Cooperation started with local authorities.
  • Links to other docs:, 

Thanks for this interesting field project.  Great to see such a large number of lamps going out, and that you plan to watch and see what happens over the next couple of years. It would certainly be interesting to hear back about lamp failure rates.

Follow-up Report # 3 -  August  2015

MAIGOBO sub-district (Hawzen) – in Geralta

The first 100% kerosene and indoor smoke free zone in rural Tigray / Ethiopia

Relative images to follow.

  • Project name: Napenda Solar Community
  • Dates: June 2014 - ongoing
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Kajiado County, Kenya
  • Contact person: Deborah Thiele, Thiemo Ebersberger
  • Organizations involved: Africa Expedition Support
  • Sponsors:Africa Expedition Support in conjunction with previous clients, Greenwich Country Day School CT
  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 21 solar systems consisting of 80 Wp panel, 10A charge controller, 100Ah lead acid battery, up to 5 LED lights 5W each 12Vdc, 12Vdc charging socket and inverter 300W 12Vdc-230Vac
  • Photos:
  • Project description and results: The project aims at providing meaningful, sustainable, long lasting power to the local Maasai community.
  • The Systems are based on the smallest "developed world" residential solar systems.
  • All components are installed separately and therefore exchangeable and serviceable.
  • All wiring (2.5mm), light switches and sockets (E27) are installed as per standard 240Vac grid connection. The advantages are that the systems are extremely robust and in the very unlikely event of future grid availability, the houses are already wired up.
  • Through its simple design the system also provides the option of upgrading through more panels or batteries if required. It is meant as a robust and long lasting starter pack.
  • Our research has shown that a lot of smaller plug&play systems of various designs have reached the community. Some through hand outs by charities and NGOs, others through micro finance projects or outright purchase.
  • They are widely available throughout the greater Nairobi area at a cost of anywhere between 50 - 100 USD. However, our research clearly shows that 90% of these systems failed within the first 12 months. This has eroded the consumer confidence toward solar power to a point whereby community members prefer kerosene lamps and battery torches (flash lights for the Americans amongst us).
  • Sustainability: Due to the fact that Napenda Solar Community HQ is based right in the middle and part of the community, advice, training, servicing and parts are readily available. Although the systems are 100% donor funded they are sold to individual households at the highest achievable price with a 3 months finance plan without any extra costs. The selling price is about 10% of actual cost. This creates conscious ownership.
  • Results so far:
  • Total eradication of kerosene lamps.
  • Highly improved living standards.
  • Better school exam results.
  •  Phone and even internet connection for all households.
  • Higher income per household.
  • Some households even managed to purchase a cheap TV set. Now they don’t have to watch TV in the dark.
  • Links to other docs:
Project : Lighting West Africa
Dates: 27 Feb 2016
Location : Benin
CEO : Captain Jon
Organisation : iboxs technologies ( UK)
Sponsors : Reflex Solar
Type of product: PAYG Radio integrated iboxs with 3 LEDs/10 pin USB/ Radio USB SD card player.panel




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