GO SOLAR NIGERIA - Feb 2011
GoSolar Nigeria Project helps to combat both, climate change and poverty by bringing clean & renewable power to the poorest people in Nigeria. An initiative actively promoted by SMEFUNDS, an international Non Profits organization that engages enterprise solutions to fight poverty in Africa.
GoSolar Nigeria Project is based on small-scale on-site alternative renewable resources. The average kerosene lamp, used widely across the country, creates heavy tons of carbon over the years. Replacing these lamps with solar lanterns will lead to significant reductions in carbon emissions. SMEFUNDS will give a revolving loan to the active poor in the rural villages by providing them with the required knowledge, skills and business management skills that would place them on a better economic platform.
This project is estimated to create a million jobs in 1 year of massive production of various products injected into the Nigerian market and economy. The strategy here is moving into a wide-open market in Tier 4 rather than trying to force their technology prematurely into applications for the developed markets, where incumbents and institutions stand in their way. With several billion potential customers around the world, investments in this innovative market sector should be worth it.
Recent message from Femi
Thank you for getting back to me.
I got inspired by your teachings and supports and have ordered some
mini Pvs, batteries and others from you.
Our DIY is the same with what you teach; using small PVs to build,
lanterns, torch light, battery chargers etc for poor communities.
The different approach we have taken at goSolarAfrica is now to scale
this up into an enterprise where entrepreneurs can do volumes of these
components and sell at local markets.
Over the time, as demand and interests grew, people started asking
for; Laptop chargers, other bigger lightings, and we simply still used
the same DIY techniques to work around it and it works (we dont have
to bother with 100% performance as people themselves takes
responsibility for its time to charge, brightness and other
We dont supply LEDs or PVs, we just experiment on whatever people
suggest and we try to help them make money from it. (Although, people
order LEDs, PVs, Batteries Etc from us to do their projects.)
Find attached the list of all the products we have developed locally.