Worldwide, 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity.They lack the clean and safe lighting that would enable them to study, work, and socialize later at night. They have limited access to information offered by radio and television broadcasts, internet access, or mobile phone usage. They cannot benefit from appliances such as refrigerators, irrigation pumps, and sewing machines that could improve their productivity and quality of life. The problem is most acute in Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 500 million people do not have access to the electrical grid, and must resort to kerosene, dry cell batteries, diesel generators, and car batteries to satisfy their non-heat energy needs.
Tanzania epitomizes this trend. About 82% of the country’s population of 45 million—7.4 million households—does not have access to grid-electricity. Over the last several decades, many energy technologies that are well-suited for off-grid Tanzanian homes and businesses have been designed, manufactured, and even imported. However, no solution has been successfully deployed at scale throughout the country.
EGG-energy’s mission is to improve our customers’ quality of life by engineering solutions and building distribution networks that connect their homes and businesses to affordable and reliable energy services. We are technology-agnostic and focus on distribution and service, finding energy solutions that are suitable for customers now and, as technology evolves, we aim to consistently connect the end user to the optimal energy solution. We don’t just want to distribute a few solar lights in Tanzania– our mission is to scale solar home system distribution throughout Tanzania and East Africa. By focusing on renewable energy technologies, we work to significantly reduce reliance on kerosene and other unsafe, polluting energy sources.
We currently offer innovative rent-to-own solar home systems between 50W and 200W, which include (at minimum) a solar panel, battery, wiring, a mobile phone charger, and at least 3 lights. Rent-to-own systems are remotely metered, allowing the customer to make payments via mobile money and for the systems to automatically shut off if payments are not made. We believe this technology has tremendous potential to catalyze widespread deployment of renewable energy for the 1.3 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity.