Why this Innovation is Important
Many areas in need of safe water are off-grid and in remote places. Even communities connected to a utility often have inconsistent service. Pricing can also rise without warning, becoming one of the higher ongoing operational expenses. Solar provides a predictable and reliable source of energy and has the potential to be an important component in a model that can be broadly replicated at scale.
Progress to Date
Late in 2013, our Ghana team established its first Safe Water Station running entirely on solar power. A second solar powered station was brought online in the Spring of 2014.
How this Contributes to the Long-term Success of our Model
A reliable and low-cost source of energy is essential to making affordable safe water available consistently to a community. Finding alternate sources of energy is important for the development of an approach that can be taken to scale in remote regions that are completely off-grid.
There are still many challenges to overcome in having solar power as an integral part of our model. Over the next two years we will be addressing the issue of theft, training and the high capital investment to purchase and install these panels. In 2014, the Ghana team will continue to monitor the performance of the two solar installations, focusing on the challenges mentioned above.
For More Information
To learn how you can help us develop solar energy in rural areas of Ghana and India, contact: Nat Paynter