1.2 billion of people in Africa and Asia lack access to a power distribution grid. That is 17 % of the world population. On top of that, there is an additional billion people who are connected to the electricity grid, but are suffering from an unreliable supply.
The SolarBora Next Generation Household System directly impacts several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
- By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
- By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being
- By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
- Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
- By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
- By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
- Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Access to electricity is crucial for the economic development and a key to escape poverty.
Without electricity, people are depending on other energy sources such as kerosene, charcoal, candles or other fossil fueled solutions. These solutions are not only bad for the environment in terms of global warming and deforestation, but they are also often harmful for the family because of the fumes and the risk of fire. On top of that they are expensive.
Most people without power distribution lines are living in rural areas. The extension of the grid gets expensive outside the urban areas, and an offgrid solution might be more cost effective. This is where we come in!
Solar cells are a cost effective alternative without compromising the environment or the personal safety, and the SolarBora Next Generation Household System will be powerful enough to even solve the problem of cooking with wood or charcoal.
With Solar Bora there will not be any need to buy expensive kerosene or charcoal, or spend hours on fetching wood. This will free time to do other things during the day, and even provide the opportunity to keep doing things after sunset in the light from the safe light bulbs.