Off-Grid Technology Hub In East Africa.
A center showcasing technologies and training for BOP population in operations and sales
A demonstration site for off grid technologies managed by local population. Serving entrepreneurs, aid organizations and local population.
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Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative
Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Southern Arava - Hevel Eilot
Location(s) of impact
currently the program is in advanced negotiations to create off grid demonstration and training centers in Kenya and Tanzania exact locations tbd.
Our vision for the off-grid hub
The Israeli off-grid hub back view
Our off-grid demonstration village in Kibbutz Ketura Israel.
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
In the western world we can take for granted basic utilities such as water and electricity, but more than 2 billion people are living off the grid with no running water sewage treatment and electricity. Living off-grid has a terrible impact on the quality of life, health and ability to brake the poverty circle. Despite many efforts by powerful international aid organizations, there is difficulty in finding practical, sustainable solutions. This difficulty is due to a lack of familiarity with these communities.
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
The hub provides an holistic solution to developing solutions to off grid communities:
1. Off grid Energy and water test site and show case
2. catalyst for local Employment and Innovation.
3. Education Outreach center .
That will provide the following solutions:
- Western Tech Industry get a real live test-site making sure their product is suitable and successful within target population.
- Local community gets training in handling and maintaining these technologies thus giving them long-term employment.
- The hub will also be an educational center - local instructors, using these technologies to educate local population about the benefits and usage of these technologies - sanitary, health, energy, farming and more.
- Locals will work along side with the entrepreneurs to market and advance these technologies locally.
- Complementary solutions will create local business opportunities as service and equipment suppliers for aid and governmental organizations.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
We established a model Off-Grid village, located in Kibbutz Ketura, Israel. There we offer educational, hands on experience tours and seminars in off-grid living. So far more than 5,000 students, from elementary schools to university training engineers have visited the village, exposing them to the topic and issues of off-grid living. Our tours led to interesting discussions about environmental education, and reflected the importance of educating students in the field, as they represent the future generation of leaders, engineers and entrepreneurs to advance the national and global green energy revolution. University students noted that this course was one of the most significant courses of the entire degree. We wish our East-African village to have the same educational and eye opening impact on local population. In addition the center has already started reaching out to African aid organisations and farmers through on going programs.
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
Early stages of establishment will require grants and donations. In the working phase the hub economic model is based on the sales revenue of the presented participating technologies.
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
As we know it there is no other organization building a similar hub
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
In our work we encountered many challenges in developing renewable energy in Israel, and specifically off-grid technological development for the nomadic Bedouin community in the region– These include lack of awareness as well as technological and cultural difficulties, which need to be bridged in order to break into the growing market of developing countries and off-grid regions. The idea of building this hub in Africa came when we understood that for off-grid solutions to work and succeed financially they must be developed in their natural end-user surrounding. Then all the dots just connected - the possibilities for entrepreneurs, feasible financial models, employment and education for local population - it all just connected into this amazing model.
Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?
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