Category: reliability

The village of Entasopia is five hours from Nairobi and, like two-thirds of Kenya’s population, does not have access to the national power grid. But a solar microgrid in the village connects houses and businesses to central PV panels by underground cable, providing power more cheaply than diesel or kerosene. Bar owner Peter Okoth says he now has 11 light bulbs and enough power to run a TV and sound system. His profits will soon buy a refrigerator. Nancy Kaisa…

— Prashant Mandal, who lives in Madhotanda in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state. About 20 million households in Uttar Pradesh lack electricity. For those on the grid, power is often only available only a few hours a day. Solar kits like the one Mandal leases from SimpaNetworks provide reliable power for two LED lights and a fan. Before solar kits were available for lease, Mandal said he had to carry a battery a kilometer back and forth to recharge it…

Morocco currently generates nearly all its power from fossil fuels, and people in rural areas face daily problems with reliability, “from flickering light bulbs to malfunctioning hospital equipment.” To address the reliability issues as well as vulnerability to fossil fuel price fluctuations, the country plans to meet 42% of its electricity demand through clean energy sources by 2020. The first phase of the Noor 1 concentrating solar plant located outside Ouarzazate is expected to be online within the next few…

— Marc André Chrysostom, Haitian Ministry of Public Works, on the new town-sized solar microgrid which provides power to 430 homes and businesses in downtown Les Anglais in the South of Haiti. Electricity from the micogrid is cheaper per kilowatt-hour than candles or kerosene and also less expensive than diesel generator alternatives for local businesses, reports project developer Earthspark International. The microgrid incorporates significant battery storage, allowing for 24/7 electricity access and “allowing businesses to stay open longer and residents…

— Fred Nyombi, a resident of Kasanda in Mubende district, Uganda, commenting on the solar system he’s using that features a mobile charging unit and three hanging lamps that provide 24 hours of light on a single day’s charge. Nyombi said he’s able to charge his phone and light his home. Albert Ezama, a resident of Gulu district, called the systems “pocket friendly.” Uganda’s daily reports that solar is gaining momentum in the country, with 2,000 residents now using off-grid…

— Rafiqul Islam, a resident of Islampur in northern Bangladesh and one of about 15 million Bangladeshis whose homes are powered by a solar home system. 50,000-60,000 Bangladeshi households are connected with a solar home system every month. These systems save $180 million a year in kerosene costs. VIA REUTERS