The SOLARKIOSK is a solar-powered autonomous business hub. It utilizes solar power to provide rural off-grid communities with sustainable energy and energy-related products and services such as battery charging, communication, refrigeration, and an unprecedented access to technology and information. A SOLARKIOSK uses the energy it produces as a "mini smart grid". The structure is a modular and expandable kit-of-parts that can be easily transported and deployed in remote off-grid areas. Globally, 1.5 million people live without electricity access - 800 million of them are in Africa. Their annual energy expenditures amount to approx. 30 billion USD - about 120 USD per household. The majority of their energy is provided by unsustainable and dirty fuels despite abundant sunshine. The SOLARKIOSK addresses energy needs and spurs sustainable economic development of rural off-grid communities worldwide. SOLARKIOSK works at the bottom-of-the-pyramid and utilizes an inclusive business model. The franchise model enables a local kiosk owner to meet the needs and challenges of their rural off-grid community by enabling and empowering it.
One in five people worldwide live without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest driving forces in economic and social development in the poorest countries around the globe. Mobile phones for example are often the only connection, providing crucial access to information or finance in rural areas. However, these also need electricity and access to it usually forces people to travel long distances. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon homed in on this point in his speech at the World Energy Summit in 2012: "Widespread energy poverty still condemns millions to darkness, to ill health, to missed opportunities for education.”
A powerful and sustainable energy supply unit in off-grid areas allows many people the use of small electrical appliances, meets people’s needs and opens up various business opportunities. Solarkiosks are already operational in Ethiopia and have proven that there is a sustainable and profitable market for the solution and its inclusive business model. Experience in the past years has shown that, contrary to popular belief, rural communities do have purchasing power, also for more expensive items.
Components: Aluminum frame; PV system with at least 1 kWp PV; fully integrated and secured electricity and power board (inverter, charge controller, remote control monitoring, battery system);
Optional, fully integrated appliances: Solar fridge, multiple mobile phone, battery and solar lantern charging board, computer, internet, printer, scanner, television, water filtration devices, battery cabinet for 24/7 use
Costs: Depend on individual configuration.
Solarkiosk. Enable. Empower. - One of the Winners of the "empowering people. Award"
Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya
Organization: Solarkiosk GmbH - Germany
Contact: Andreas Spieß
Used by: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, Ghana, Jordan
3d | solarkioskWith its rapidly expanding network, SOLARKIOSK Rwanda recently hit the 50 E-HUBBs milestone.😊 https://t.co/AhYc4Kl3Xd
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12d | solarkioskSOLARKIOSK awarded “Top 100 Start-ups” for the global Start Up Energy Transition Award, powered DENA .https://t.co/ua9y3F7M4f
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24d | solarkioskConnected Solar Market Centers in Tanzania are now enhanced with gazebos made of coconut trees. Check out our story! https://t.co/0aUzBdHKQD
33d | solarkioskWhat can you do when you bring energy to a community? Listen in to SOLARKIOSK insights from a G7 energy side event: https://t.co/6LUoMg3Xnm
39d | solarkioskSOLARKIOSK’s newly opened E-HUBB is set out to power local businesses in Masai, Kenya: https://t.co/8iiB09oZDU
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46d | solarkioskSOLARKIOSK attended the Energy for all Forum in New York 😀https://t.co/31zMBWaTim
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