Enabling Community access to Renewable Energy

Enabling Community access to Renewable Energy

Zanzibar is scatted into small villages that live around 300 to 600 peoples. Up to the year, 2015 more than 12 thousand families live in dark with no access to energy.

From September to November 2016, REZA conducted village training on the so-called ‘Mini Economic Solar Plant’ (in short MiESP, a small solar home system for working four lamps and a mobile phone charger) in five villages of Zanzibar. The aim of the project was to give the villagers practical training on the small home system and inform them of Renewable Energies and environmental protection in general. In the course of this project, REZA also enabled the people to afford the small solar system as an alternative for the expensive, health-damaging kerosene lamps that are commonly used.
In this project, REZA participated in the preparation, for example by communicating with the local village leaders (Shehas) and the district office, as well as with the respective Organizations, like various departments and Ministries and the District Council Office. It also participated in the conduction of this project.

REZA through the financial support of URBIS Foundation has successfully implemented an awareness campaign called Village Presentation (VP). The VP program aimed to raise awareness to the house family on potentials and quality service of renewable energy products, information dissemination and practiced/ use renewable energy equipment in the rural area instead of spending a lot of money on kerosene. REZA conducted Village presentations in 2 villages.
REZA installed 81 small solar lighting systems to electrify the local houses to improve the living and learning environment. This small solar lighting system with 8watt PV is the best for charging the phone and lighting 4 bulbs that help 63% of the family cost annually. The project was commissioned from January to December 2015