For the most of the people around the world, especially at developed countries, having access to electricity is easy and in some cases even a fact. However, there are 1.456 billion people worldwide according to IEA (2009) who do not have access to electricity, of which 83% live in rural areas.
Egg-energy is a company aiming to fill the gap between household and grid in such areas like Tanzania, where 90% of the population lacks access to electricity.
This can be achieved by implementing a simple, safe and affordable market-based solution of a small, rechargeable and fully recyclable batteries. Each battery meets customers’ needs for approximately 5 nights, saves them over 50% on yearly non-heat energy expenditures, and eliminates the need to use kerosene for lighting. EGG-energy also provides clients with basic appliances, and the installation of their home electric system.
Having refined the operational model by running two charging stations that are connected to the existing power grid, EGG-energy now aims to 1) expand its reach into rural communities through off-grid solar sites and 2) accelerate deployment of grid-based charging stations through a franchising scheme.
Electricity access would contribute to healthier and more productive lives and provide an opportunity to escape poverty.