Monday, June 18, 2012

Community Owned Microgrids for Rural Electrification in the Developing World

A small-scale snow cone operation has come to Mali. Women in two remote villages are peddling small, sweet, frozen drinks that are sold wholesale to women in other neighboring villages.  

The business, which is centered on a new community freezer, would not be possible without one key ingredient: electricity. Until recently, the women in the two villages lived as 1.3 billion other people do, without regular access to electricity.

The electrification of thee villages did not come from wires being extended by the local utility, but from a microgrid project called SharedSolar that was developed by Columbia University's Earth Institute as part of the Millennium Village Project.

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Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute
CEO, Solar Panel Hosting LLC
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