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Victron Energy Pay As You Go solar power

In this guest blog Pierre-Paul Bermingham explains how Victron Energy’s Pay As You Go (PAYG) solar power systems are allowing lower income customers to take advantage of high quality products, whilst at the same time improving energy provision and local employment.

Here are 3 examples of the kind of systems offered for the PAYG market – and importantly this guest blog below – showing how such systems have worked out in the field for the customers and the companies installing them.

My thanks to Yoann Le Fol (Victron Energy Sales Manager for West and Central Africa, Madagascar, Comoros) for making me aware of these installed systems in Benin.

John Rushworth

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Reserva Nacional do Gilé – when off-grid meets off-road

The Dakar Rally off-road race is quite something, yet it seems building an off-grid system in remote parts of Africa is equally daunting – 8 tons of equipment needed to be transported to the Reserva Nacional do Gilé, over ‘roads’ like those shown above.

The reserve is located in the province of Zambézia, in Mozambique. With national protection status this gem of an area protects various species of fauna, along with rhinoceros and elephant, not to mention, pangolins, striped jackals, spotted hyenas, lions, leopards, wild cats, reptiles and various species of birds.

To continue to manage and protect the reserve its headquarters needed to be refurbished – and that meant a new off-grid power plant for 22 buildings.

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Shining lights…

Specialized Solar Systems, based in South Africa, have set themselves an ambitious target: To become the Electricity utility provider for disconnected rural communities all over South Africa.

The national electricity grid system simply does not supply electricity to many remote and outlying areas – the cost of infrastructure being prohibitive. Specialized Solar Systems – or Triple S, as they like to be known – are implementing a plan to provide overlooked communities with the electricity they need. Their plan will change lives.Continue reading

Another Shell Foundation-Victron Energy microgrid

In December last year we reported on the first ‘Access to Energy’  Shell Foundation – Victron Energy microgrid in Ligad, North of Palawan island in the Philippines. Thousands of people still live in such areas where there is no access to electricity and the likelihood of any utility grid connection is aeons away. The Shell Foundation however set about changing that with the advent of that initial Ligad microgrid using Victron components. Now there is a second – and as I write this blog a third is also on its way. Power for the powerless is certainly becoming a reality.Continue reading