4 October 2023
The clean energy project “Go Green” of betteries and SOS Children’s Villages supports Zambia in sustainable energy supply.
In November 2021, betteries participated in the first International SOS Children’s Villages Pitch-Event called “Match me if you can”. betteries presented its mobile and modular renewable energy solutions to SOS Children’s-Villages teams from 26 African countries. The betteries team was matched with the amazing team from SOS Children’s Villages Zambia and together they developed the idea for the Go Green Energy Project. This is an energy project for the Mabwa community in Kazungula district of Southern Zambia that brings affordable and mobile renewable energy to the rural community.
In early August this year, betteries installed an energy hub in Mabwa. The community is now able to provide battery and phone charging services through a solar-powered charging station, electricity on demand through a mobile green energy generator, and transportation services through an electric tuk-tuk. The pay-as-you-go approach ensures the sustainability of the systems and is expected to improve the livelihoods of 250 households. A second project in Malawi, Lilongwe is currently being implemented on a larger scale using the same solutions.
With a cost-efficient and sustainable system of renewable energy sources, the GoGreenEnergy Project counteracts climate change. It supports farmers with additional water sources. Rain-independent planning is becoming increasingly important during climate-related dry periods.
betteries AC Dock 3000: clean water with clean power
In previous years, a water tank and a pump were installed in Mabwa to provide drinking water to 30 families. With the new PV charging station, mobile energy systems can now be fully charged with self-generated electricity, significantly increasing pumping hours and water capacity. As a result, 250 families in the area now have access to drinking water.
Supply of tuk-tuk and school laptops
In a next step the solar-powered charging station will also power the tuk-tuk (3-wheeler), which can travel up to 70 km, providing a much-needed sustainable transportation solution for the village community. Finally, 15 laptops for the school’s ICT labs will be provided by green energy at a later date.