Achieving secure and portable rural electrification
SolarTurtles are deployed in a franchise model and electricity is sold to off-grid institutions, whose consumption is paid for and monitored through prepaid meters. Solar kiosks provide battery recharging stations and sell energy efficient devices, such as battery packs and home solar kits, to the wider community. These innovative and secure fold-away power stations deliver a dependable return on investment. The company also sells so-called “PowerTurtles”, which are secure power stations without a franchise model.
Ugesi Gold manages the SolarTurtle franchise. The social enterprise designs and manages the community electrification projects.
Greater Capital is an NGO that manages grant funding and ensures the validation of the project’s social impact.
Stellenbosch University incubated SolarTurtle during the pilot phase and still supports the project today with office space and by promoting it through their networks.
The 2016 SAG-SEED Awards are supported by the SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union.