EVI has partnered with a sustainable technology organization to test small-scale solar energy technologies as potential green enterprise opportunities for youth in Tanzania. The youth would be able to rent individual solar panels to others in the community to charge cell phones and power lamps. Because electricity is unreliable there, while solar energy is abundant, solar energy could potentially be more effective in meeting energy needs. With this technology, solar energy can be stored from sun exposure from the day time for night time use. Solar entrepreneurs would be able to generate income from rentals and create jobs in supporting the development of solar energy in the area. This could include entrepreneurs in solar panel repair, or part recycling. EVI is currently investigating the feasibility and appropriateness of this technology in the community by initiating mini solar panel demonstrations and trainings. Local partners will also be collaborating with us on market assessments to identify even more potential green enterprise opportunities as well as potential challenges.
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