Transform access to energy in Africa
households connected with solar power
people with reduced exposure to toxic fumes produced by kerosene
MWK (or $18,000 AUD) in collective savings for communities from switching to more affordable solar energy
disposable batteries saved from being used
tonnes of CO2 saved from being emitted into the atmosphere every year
kids with access to lighting and the ability to study at night
Without lighting or power, you are unable to do simple things such as read at night or charge a phone. However, this is the reality for ~90% of Malawians who do not have access to electricity – this is one of the lowest rates of electrification in the world.
Even for those who are connected to the grid, power outages are a regular occurrence, making it an unreliable source of power. Philip, a local, sums up the situation: “Electricity in Malawi isn’t reliable. I would struggle to even cook sometimes because I have no light to prepare my meals. I would end up losing motivation and skip dinner that night”.
PE Ventures has assessed the supply, quality and cost of energy sources in Malawi, and is providing clean, safe affordable energy alternative in the form of solar power.
Access to energy (electrification)
Nancholi Youth Organization (NAYO)
We work closely with NAYO (Nancholi Youth Organisation), who specialise in local, community-based development programmes in Malawi. They provide local expertise, connect us to influential community leaders and village chiefs, and helps provide operational support by organising community meetings with community members.
HOW IT WORKS
We distribute solar home systems to Malawian households, which supplies enough power to cover the basic energy needs of our customers. Solar home systems consist of a solar panel, a battery, 2-3 light bulbs, and a USB charging port. Energy from the sun is converted by the solar panel and is stored in the battery. This powers sufficient lighting and the ability to charge your phone or radio from the USB port.
Solar home systems are a more suitable alternative to the grid, or other energy alternative such as torches, paraffin lamps or candles. It provides accessible and affordable energy to everyday Malawians, especially the 90% not connected to the grid. It provides affordable, sustainable, and safe electricity for those currently dependent on torches, paraffin lamps or candles.
The business model
The project is at the state where product market fit has been achieved, with over 150 sales of the current product. The next step is to find ways to create smart, scalable methods to distribute these products to our customers. By using digital solutions to efficiently manage key systems and processes, this can reach a greater number of communities and make the greatest impact.
KEy Value Proposition
Improved opportunity through education and productivity
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