Millions of impoverished people in some of the world’s poorest countries will soon have access to low-cost solar power after a deal was struck between solar provider ToughStuff and the Business Call to Action (BCtA) network. The deal will see up to 33 million people living in poverty in Africa and Asia supplied with low-cost solar panels and solar battery packs.
With headquarters in Mauritius and offices across Africa, ToughStuff is hoping to capitalise on potential market for off-grid solar power in developing countries; nations with disrupted national grids, such as Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa and four Southeast Asian countries – Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal.
The company will introduce a range of solar-powered products including solar lights, mobile phones and radios, directly to low-income communities including its “Business in a Box” model, which relies on a network of village-level entrepreneurs who are provided with training on how to sell, rent or provide access to affordable solar energy services and products.
ToughStuff says by substituting kerosene or biomass fuel with solar power, it could save the region a combined total of US$520 million in energy costs while reducing carbon emissions by up to 1.2 million tonnes by 2016.
Topics: Solar PV