Stage 3: Proof of Concept
Appropriate sustainable energy technologies (or "'ASETs'') such as solar-powered lanterns, radios, and cell phone chargers, are well placed to meet the growing demand of basic energy needs for the off-grid poor in Namibia and Zambia. However, ASET products have thus far failed to reach wide-scale adoption because governments, businesses, and NGOs have not invested in the financing and supply chains necessary to deliver the products to the critical "last mile" to poor, rural customers.
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Funds Raised to Date
A new solar lighting and charging product, the Divi Light, to address existing issues of distribution and customer -end financing.
How does your innovation work?
Elephant Energy has developed a solution to these problems in Namibia, where over 70% of the rural population does not have access to electricity. In 2011, Elephant Energy teamed with Sonopro Power & Light ("Sonopro"), to pilot test a new solar lighting and charging product, the Divi Light, to address existing issues of distribution and customer -end financing. The Divi Light is solar-powered lamp and cell phone charger enabled with a digital pay-as-you-go system.
Planned Goals and Milestones
This DIV Stage 2 funding will support Elephant Energy to work with Sonopro to conduct a large-scale trial of the Divi Light system in Namibia, followed by full-scale distribution throughout Namibia and Southern Province, Zambia. A total of 18,900 ASET products will be distributed during the two-year grant. The Divi Light products will be manufactured in Shenzhen, China.