Solapac

The Solapac is a uniquely packaged solar Pv & battery storage energy system that can be commissioned where power, clean water is required

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Solapac Limited

Year founded

2012

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • For-profit

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Headquarters location: City

Petworth, West Sussex UK

Location(s) of impact

Hampshire, UK

Website

www.solapac.com

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The key driver behind developing the Solapac was to overcome the technical and economic barriers of accessing energy, clean water and telecommunications for people living in rural areas. One of the key inhibiting factors in the growth of rural electrification has always been the inordinate capital costs of connecting villages to the national grid and its on-going maintenance
With the Solapac these costs are less of a consideration. It offers a powerful, versatile, rapidly deployable, and sustainable energy source.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

The Solapac is solar PV and purified water in a box. The mobile unit can be installed in a few hours, delivering power, pure water. It also has the functionality of providing water Irrigation to remote sites. The Solapac can also be integrated with existing utility systems to provide renewable energy services and cost reduction immediately and strengthening a peri-urban grid.
• Easy field installation – from delivery to operation in 4 hours
• Flexible generation & easy integration with on & off-grid assets
• Battery storage provides flexible access to energy when required
• Sustainable power and water purification to rural communities 24x7
• Reliable power capacity up to 200 kWh per day
• One unit can provide power for 100 homes
• WHO quality water of up to 6 tonnes per hour
• Delivery of 10,000 tonnes per day of crop irrigation water
• Applicable to rural communities, industry & peace keeping / development

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

The Solapac provides additional health benefits by integrating a water purification system so that people can have clean, World Health Organization (“WHO”) standard water from a local water source (bore hole, river, lake).
Once the system is installed, you are left with a large empty container. The community can then adapt the Solapac for additional benefits such as school classroom, Community Centre, Medical Centre, Communication hub – a great win-win because it also addresses some of the needs of the community.
The Solapac power and purified water model was designed to be replicable, modular and expandable. It is currently cheaper than the much used diesel genset options widely used across Africa.
It also has the benefit of being a standard ISO container and easily transportable to other locations when permanent supplies of power and water are eventually installed.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Thus far 100% of the costs have been funded by the CEO
Long term - grants (25%) corporate contributions (25%) and earned income (50%)

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

• Easy Set up - Transported in an ISO 20ft or 40ft container enables it to be delivered to site with ease.
• All of the electronics are pre-installed, so once the framework and modules are in place it is simple "plug and play".
• Instant Savings achieved - Once Solapac is installed and producing energy you are saving immediately.
• Solapac is powered by renew¬able energy free from the sun so the financial benefits can be seen day one.
• Reliable and Sustainable Energy Source and modular

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

The originator of Solapac was Mike Eyre an engineer with almost 40 years experience in the power industry. With the price of solar PV falling rapidly a construction company in Chile asked if solar PV could power their new construction sites. Mike came up with the design based on a standard ISO container in a few hours, the same day.
Mike had access to leading manufacturers and with the support Hill and Smith Solar Ltd (Wolverhampton, UK), and ABB Europe’s largest technology company – the Solapac was designed.
At an early stage of the design it was realised that the Solapac overcame the technical and economic barriers to rural electrification. I could operate “ Off grid” and saved significant costs of establishing grids to remote areas.The Solapac is a “ Leap Frog Technology” meaning it provides the rural communities with utility standards for power and clean water.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

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Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 50%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 50%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 50%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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this is really helpful i do believe this could reach the entire world
i also think that at some point it could sustain by itself!, i´m really inspired by this