Sindeya Low Carbon Rural Electrification Business Concept

Published on February 14, 2014 um 12:12

Summary of your idea

Sindeya Village is located in Dowa District, T/A Kayembe. The area has a population of more than 6000 and the project is targeting more than 200 households, more than 750 school children and more than 100 farmers.Sindeya Village is a rural community of more than 16Km from the nearest grid located at Mtiti and it is very unlikely that the area will be supplied with grid electricity soon. The main economic activity of the area is farming with tobacco, groundnuts and maize being the main crops.The area has plenty of mangoes and guavas which are sometimes left to rot due to lack of market. In addition, the area has several communal vegetable farms which are however seasonal due to inadequate water supply. Energy supply for the area is mainly troaditional biomass fuelwood for cooking and paraffin for lighting bought from either Madisi or Mponela.However,due to scarcity of paraffin people have resorted to use battery operated lamps. These battery operated lamps turns not to be economical and environmental viable option in a such a way that the batterries have to be frequently replaced and disposal of these non rechargable batteries might be harmful to environment. The concept is based on a sustainable business model which aims at achieving low carbon energy system and towards a zero waste business enterprise. Proposed technology in the project is mature and are widely used in Malawi. Solar photovoltaic will generate electricity which will be supplied to an Energy Kiosk.The power from energy kiosk will be distributed to a school block, a community Video Showroom and water pump. The energy kiosk will comprise of chargers for 12V D.C batteries, cellphones and LED batteries.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

By virtue of powering a school block will have a long impact to the entire ongoing school children because the lights will be used for studying during the night. This will not segregate whether the school kids are coming from the poor families within their community hierarchy. Socially the kiosk will generate a lot of economic activities such as operation of video showroom and barbershops. At the same time the project is self sustaining because the money that will be collected in form of bills could as well be used to maintain itself. In one way or the other, you will find out that several business activities will open up because they will know that they can access stable power within their proximity. Apart from that communication and dissemination of information will drastically improve thereby removing the barrier which has been there for several decades. People will have their cell phones fully charged all the times as opposed to present time. Environmental protection is a critical component of which has brought a global concern. The use of paraffin and non rechargeable batteries for basic lights could have adverse effect on our environment. Paraffin produce toxic fumes while batteries are just throw them away within their environment. Currently due to scarcity of paraffin, most of the households level just burn fuelwood in unsustainable manner so that it can provide them with basic lights for their homes. Better communication facilities, improved social livelihood and economic empowerment of the community around Sindeya Energy Kiosk will transform the area and dramatically changing their life style. Since the backbone of the area is much centered on agriculture, people will have ample time to concentrate more on their agricultural activities rather than travelling several kilometers looking for paraffin and low efficient LED Lights.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The concept is based on a sustainable business model which aims at achieving a low carbon energy system and towards a zero waste business enterprises. All technologies proposed in the project are mature and are widely used in Malawi. Electricity will be supplied to grocery shops, a primary school , 50 households, an energy kiosk and a community video showroom at a cost based on usage. A solar system will be installed to pump water which will be supplied to the school, the fruit processing plant, a biogas plant, a vegetable farm at cost based on use. Three water points will be installed at strategic places of the village for community use at a fixed cost. I am still looking for donors to fund this type of projects.

Your profile

I am a holder of Bachelor of Science Degree in Renewable Energy Technologies and I have worked with various organisation in implementing renewable energy projects in Malawi. I have been involved as an Electrical Engineer for 830kW grid connected solar system for Kamuzu International Airport during installation and commissioning of the project (Dec 2012 - Sept 2013)with funds from JICA.I was also a leading Technician in construction of biogas plant for Choma/Chigwere Biogas project of Mzuzu University. We managed to construct 11 Biogas plants for the community around choma and chigwere in Mzuzu City.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, sustainable energy, food security, empowerment of women

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