The Challenge

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. An average customer does not know where to find information about energy options let alone assess which companies are known for quality technicians or reliable after-sales service. In addition, most customers are unable to invest in energy systems without a financing mechanism. Without this link to the end customer, access to energy will remain elusive for most Tanzanians.

 

2014 to 2024 is the decade of sustainable energy for all.1

With this challenge in mind, EGG-energy is working to make sustainable energy a reality for Tanzania’s off-grid population.

1. United Nations General Assembly. GA/11333 (EN/274).