CONTAINER-BASED HUBS FOR SOLAR ENERGY AND CLEAN WATER
This project provided off-grid communities with affordable renewable energy and clean water. OffGridBox produces small containers (1.8 cubic meters) with solar panels on top and a water purification system inside. Each box can service 400 households, supplying them with clean water (up to 20 liter per charge) and a rechargeable battery pack that can be used for home lighting, phone charging and small appliances. The OffGridBox also serves as a solar-powered WiFi hotspot and can be used to power productive use appliances for local businesses. With EEP Africa financing, the project installed 15 OffGridBox’s in Rwanda, established fruitful partnerships with several financiers and NGOs, and launched OGB mini.
Outcome and Impact
The project reached 10,750 remote and under-served households with affordable renewable energy and clean water. This improved health and well-being, created new income opportunities, and positively impacted educational capabilities in these poor communities. The project saved households a total of EUR 18,765 in energy related expenditure and generated 87 MWh of clean energy per year. This contributed to emission reduction by replacing kerosene and other non-renewable energy sources.