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  • Solar Lighting PAYG Systems Are Illuminating Zambian Opportunities

    Lusaka | By on April 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Solar Lighting PAYG Systems Are Illuminating Zambian Opportunities

    The need for light is high across the African continent, where approximately 70% of households are off-grid and 64% of its imported oil is destined for 19th century kerosene and paraffin lighting. Although the demand is high for solar powered lighting, the opportunities to convert that demand into a social business are not evenly distributed. In…

  • What is the Solar Power Opportunity in Southern Africa?

    Lusaka | By on March 17, 2015 | Comments Off on What is the Solar Power Opportunity in Southern Africa?

    Mobile payments have broken down major barriers to solar energy. High upfront capital costs can now be spread over multiple small payments. This Pay as You Go (PAYG) solar revolution is sweeping East Africa, particularly Kenya. Rural populations that are largely off grid, are keen to kick their kerosene habit and enjoy the benefits of…

  • Electrical Power is No Longer a Problem in ICT4D

    San Francisco | By on March 4, 2013 | Comments Off on Electrical Power is No Longer a Problem in ICT4D

    It was not long ago that electrical power was the largest barrier to using ICTs in rural areas. Back when desktop computers had big CRT screens, each computer needed 150-200 watts of power. Just turning on a computer required a costly generator and an inverter.

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  • Solar Power’s Twin Challenges of Sizing and Support

    Washington DC | By on October 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Solar Power’s Twin Challenges of Sizing and Support

    At the Technology Salon on Rural Power Solutions for the Developing World, Eric Youngren of Solar Nexus International started us off with the basics, and I learned about the difference between power and energy: Power is the instantaneous creation and use of electricity – what is needed right now to power an electronic device, and…