CONTAINER-BASED HUBS FOR SOLAR ENERGY AND CLEAN WATER
This project will provide 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 will prove the business on a commercial scale by installing 20 OffGridBox’s in Rwanda with customer rates of EUR 0.16 per charge.
Outcome and Impact
The project will reach 8,000 remote and under-served households with affordable renewable energy and clean water. This will improve health and well-being, create new income opportunities, and positively impact educational capabilities in these poor communities. The project is expected to save households a total of EUR 93,000 in energy related expenditure and generate 87 MWh of clean energy per year. This will significantly contribute to emission reduction by replacing kerosene and other non-renewable energy sources.