SOLARKIOSK AG PRODUCES ITS FIRST “MADE IN GAHNA E-HUBB” FOR ELECTRIFICATION OF UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES IN GHANA
Partnership with DEG and local manufacturers in Ghana enables an innovative ‘off-grid’ power and connectivity solution for rural population
BERLIN/ACCRA, 8 SEPTEMBER 2016 – SOLARKIOSK AG PRODUCES THE FIRST “MADE IN GHANA E-HUBB” – SOLARKIOSK AG, the energy and connectivity gateway and last mile distribution to Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide, announced today the inauguration of its first locally manufactured E-HUBB in Accra, Ghana, in the historical district of Jamestown.
This E-HUBB prototype aims to promote and support an award winning design-technology “Made in Ghana”. The project is co-funded by the German DFI Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) and includes a nationwide survey of locally available production facilities, engineering, project and quality management. The project was coordinated and realized by Solarkiosk Ghana Ltd. which is an affiliate of SOLARKIOSK AG.
The purpose of the project is to reduce C02 emissions and deforestation as well as to empower people through the access to clean energy. The E-HUBB produces 2 kWp of electricity and serves as an outlet for renewable energy products, services and solutions. The E-HUBB offers – amongst others – quality affordable solar products, appliances run by solar energy and efficient cooking stoves. Not only does the local manufacturing create job opportunities on site, the access to energy through the E-HUBB also supports new business fields such as banking, telecommunication and retail in underserved remote off-grid areas and communities.
The E-HUBB primarily targets rural off-grid areas. Considering the growing need for energy in private households and use of mobile phones and internet, the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB technology makes a significant difference to the quality of life for rural population.
Andreas Spiess, CEO of SOLARKIOSK, said, “SOLARKIOSK – together with its partners – operates more than a hundred projects across Subsaharan Africa. We have designed our award winning technology to be manufactured locally because this brings costs down and local productivity up. We are particularly proud that our first E-HUBB made in West Africa was manufactured in Ghana which has the potential to become our West African manufacturing hub. Our E-HUBB solution offers access to solar energy, connectivity, telecom tower electrification, rural agent banking and supply of quality beverages and daily consumer goods. Our aim is to further export E-HUBBs to Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso and Senegal”.
For further information please contact:
Andreas Spiess, CEO
Tel. No. +49 30 284 72 45 60
SOLARKIOSK enables and empowers the sustainable economic, social, and environmental development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions. Intertwining the award-winning SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB technology with an inclusive business model, SOLARKIOSK fosters local entrepreneurship at the BoP.
The award winning technology and building solution E-HUBB was designed by the internationally renowned GRAFT architects who co-founded the company SOLARKIOSK AG together with CEO Andreas Spiess. It is a modular, robust, secure, multi-functional and lightweight unit that is expandable and easily transportable even to remote areas. The E-HUBB is tailored for the 1.5 billion people worldwide who don´t have reliable access to energy, including 60 million refugees and IDPs. By the end of 2016, more than 200 E-HUBBs will be operating in three continents.
SOLARKIOSK AG is based in Berlin, Germany. The company has established six affiliate companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and has implemented projects on three continents.
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