Women’s active participation in the energy sector is bringing power to many off-grid communities throughout Rwanda. Nyirahabimana Alphonsine is one such entrepreneur who has taken advantage of the country’s sunlight to provide her community with alternative phone charging solutions.
Millions of people in rural Tanzania own mobile phones but have no easy way to recharge them. GVEP is helping entrepreneurs in the Mwanza region use solar energy to meet the increasing demand for electricity.
Juabar, a company that leases solar charging kiosks to a network of entrepreneurs in Tanzania, is crowdfunding to raise $15,000 in order to build and deploy an additional 20 kiosks, train new entrepreneurs, and to prove out their operational model.
Pledges of new activity worth $413m were announced by international organisations and donors at the Cookstove Futures Summit in New York on November 21st. The conference marks the start of phase two of a ten year campaign by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to bring cleaner cooking to 100 million households.
Schools in Kampala are cutting down fuel consumption by up to 50% thanks to energy efficient cookstoves, providing staff with a safer smoke-free environment and students with well-cooked, timely meals.
GVEP and Invested Development, in collaboration with Power Africa and the UN SE4All Energy Access Practitioner Network, developed and launched a survey assessing the challenges that renewable energy enterprises experience in emerging economies. Of 131 respondents, 90% operate primarily in Africa and over 50% operate in East Africa. Over 80% of responding companies employ less than 25 individuals and 75% generate up to $500,000 USD in revenue.
In a bid to address the energy shortage affecting the country, GSR Energy Limited (GSR) fully developed a project, a sugarcane bio-electricity plant and a bio-ethanol distillery in Belize, which will produce electricity for domestic use and ethanol for export.
Solar company Eternum Energy is crowdfunding to test their solar charging business model that aims to provide stable income streams for and facilitate the start-up of solar businesses in Mwanza, Tanzania.