PRODUCTIVE SOLAR ENERGY FOR DAIRY FARMERS
This project will pilot a solar-powered refrigeration and milk storage solutions for dairy farmers in Western Uganda. Of the country’s 2.5 million small dairy farmers, 85% lack access to affordable cold storage, resulting in spoilage and significant losses in earning potential. OneLamp’s system consists of a 650W solar home system with lithium battery, bundled with LED lights, a television and a 402-litre milk cooler. Each unit provides capacity for up to 10 cows. Dairy farmers can purchase the system through an affordable, mobile-enabled lease-to-own model. EEP Africa financing will enable OneLamp to expand market coverage and broaden its product and service offering.
Outcome and Impact
OneLamp aims to distribute 200 units, with at least 50% sold to women-led dairy farms as early adopters. The systems directly contribute to increasing income earning opportunities and improving productivity through value-added dairy products such as yoghurt and butter. The annual savings on energy-related expenditure are expected to reach EUR 9,170 per dairy farm. The project has significant potential for scale-up.