Solar energy for everyone
Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest supply of electric energy in the world. Only about 30% of the region’s one billion residents have reliable access to electricity. To provide electricity to all, the current production capacity must be multiplied many times. In off grid areas local production is the only option, at least in the short term.
Traditional power generation based on coal, oil and gas is now about to be outdone by more sustainable alternatives, such as solar and wind. In addition to being pollution-free, solar and wind power plants comes in all sizes, from small plants adapted to the individual household to larger plants that supply many customers.
In order to meet the population’s demand for affordable electricity, CVS has developed a concept based on small photovoltaic systems tailored to each family’s economy and needs.
Large power plants require large investments and long construction time, often several years. In addition, the distribution network often requires extensive upgrade to transfer the additional power to the users.
Small units designed to supply a single household, however, can be installed before dinner and deliver its first electricity the same afternoon, fully independent of the power grid infrastructure in the area.
We offer our customers small photovoltaic units which, together with efficient LED – bulbs, ensure good inhouse lighting from dusk to bedtime. Surplus electricity can be used to supply small electrical appliances such as radio, TV and PC for several hours per day. All this at an affordable cost.
The average cost of kerosene for lightning the mobile phone charging is $ 100-150 a year for a family in Rwanda. For many families, this represents more than 40% of their disposable income. To make solar energy affordable for the majority of the population, the costs per month should be lower than what the customers will save by investing in a Solar Home System. With this requirement met, the customers will experience an increase of disposable income when they buy a Solar System. In addition to increased purchasing power comes several other important advantages:
- Both children and adults get better light for homework and studies
- Illnesses and injuries caused by gases from kerosene lamps and overturned lamps will disappear
- The family gets a window into the world through television, radio and internet
- Access to electricity will create new income possibilities, like charging the neighbour’s mobile phone.
- Less use of kerosene and twig will reduce deforestation and CO2 emissions
- Access to power will open new possibilities for local small-scale businesses.
- Rollout of Solar Home System units will provide local jobs
An investment with better user value would be difficult to find!
When these experiences are spread by word of mouth, the demand will rapidly increase. This is a result we have already experienced where test units have been installed.