Solar energy empowers off-grid Kenyan businesses

One Degree Solar and Coca-Cola are working together to take solar power kits to off-grid grocery kiosks in Kenya. Scientific American detailed the very real impact solar power has on rural business owners. On average, owners of kiosks:

  • Extended their business day by 4 hours
  • Saw profits rise 15% 
  • Saved 90% on energy costs

As Neal Ungerleider explained, “Because African governments are failing to bring power to rural customers, the private sector– for better or worse– stepped in instead.”

The kits charge light bulbs, cell phones, and radios, so they not only enhance quality of life, but they also help communities stay safe, secure, and interconnected.

The FLAP bag project is an example of solar innovation in Africa. Image via flickr.

The FLAP bag project is an example of solar innovation in Africa. Image via flickr.

Solar power kits are just one practical application of renewable energy technology. Recently, we’ve seen amazing examples of how flexible and adaptable solar power is, including solar-powered:

What do you think is next for solar-powered ingenuity? Share your thoughts and insights with Community Renewable Energy. 

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