Energy

After conducting 122 interviews, CIS have identified energy as a main challenge faced by schools. Therefore, we launched Solar 4 Schools in 2019. Below are various challenges Kenyan schools are facing:

  • Limited access to electricity

Around 40% of people in Kenya do not have access to electricity and that is also true for schools. Furthermore, even areas connected to grid electricity suffer various power failures (i.e. expensive for installation & monthly consume, unreliability).

  • Too expensive

No matter it’s a school in the city or rural areas, they are actually spending more than what they should spend on lighting the schools.

For those (schools) who can access grid power, the high expenses on installation and monthly cost make electricity still unaffordable to most schools. For those who cannot access grid power, their monthly expenses on alternatives (i.e. kerosene) are in fact more costly.

  • Dim

The light is too dim to read or study without straining the eyes. In the long term, it can lead to eye problems to both students and teachers in the schools.

  • Unstable income

As some parents cannot pay the tuition fee on time (some even fail to pay), most schools are suffering from the unstable income and are looking for solutions.

Solar4School is open for pre-order!

With advice and support from professor and student at Aalborg University in Denmark, CIS is also making use of improved technology and falling prices of solar panels, to develop solar-powered solutions for schools. It will be able to bring light and sound, at a price lower than the current electricity price that schools pay.

As an alternative to grid power, this product is a new solution designed for schools. With this product, schools can access to off-grid power, save money (vs. grid power and kerosene), and start a small business as a new source of the school’s income.

What kind of features does the product have?

Schools can use the product to,

  • light multi-classrooms
  • power TV and computer
  • run a phone charging business

What are the technologies involved?

  • Keycode Data Transfer
  • Machine to Machine Technology
  • Raspberry Coding

Wanna pay little by little?

We provide a special payment approach to schools who want to pay little by little – EasyBuy. Email us to check out how it works.

Wanna make an order?

Up to now, we have received 3 pre-orders from schools. If you don’t want to miss out, simply email us: changemakerinslums@gmail.com!