Affordable Solar Light for 17000 African Villagers

 
$64,975
$2,525
Raised
Remaining
Jul 7, 2014

July Update on TanzSolar's Home Lighting Program

NIWA Solar 300 Light
NIWA Solar 300 Light

TanzSolar was Awarded the 2013 National Energy Globe Award for Tanzania!  Your support makes this work possible, so THANK YOU!

TanzSolar continues to work with homeowners to provide affordable solar lighting.  We are trying out a couple of new products this quarter; the NIWA 300 solar light and a DASOL lighting package (see photos).

The NIWA light is a single, very bright light with an outlet for cell phone charging.  It comes with a solar panel that can be roof-mounted or simply put out in the sun on the ground every day for recharging.

The DASOL package is a home lighting system with 3 lights, a solar panel and cell phone charging.  This is more expensive than the single-light system but offers the ability to provide light in 3 rooms.

The TanzSolar team will take these lighting products to the village markets to sell them at a subsidized price.  These lights are life-changing for the village residents, and they simply cannot afford them without the subsidy afforded by your generous contributions. 

We are nearing the end of this project!  TanzSolar will continue to focus on our Solar-Schools4Africa project and our upcoming Solar-Healthcare4Africa project.  We thank you for your ongoing support and hope that you will help us wrap up this project and continue to support the work that the TanzSolar team is doing, sustainably improving the quality of life for thousands of rural Tanzanians.

DASOL Solar Home System
DASOL Solar Home System
TanzSolar Team on the road
TanzSolar Team on the road
Solar home in local village
Solar home in local village
Rooftop panel installation
Rooftop panel installation
Mar 5, 2014

March 2014 Report

TanzSolar Researching PV System Usage
TanzSolar Researching PV System Usage

TanzSolar has been following up with our residential installations to see how people are using their solar lights.   We do regular maintenance on systems and provide replacement parts as needed.  Customers are required to pay at least 50% of these costs.

What we are finding in our follow-up visits is that people are very, very happy to have solar lights.  They are saving a significant amount on kerosene purchases -a few dollars/month, which could easily be 20% of their monthly income.  They comment that their children can now study in the evenings, and they are glad when they no longer have smoky kerosene lanterns indoors.

There are still nearly two million households in just the Lake Zone Region of Tanzania without access to electricity, so please help us expand our program!  Every donation, large or small, helps us to make a significant, long-term improvement in the lives of rural families without access to electric power.  We sincerely thank you for your continued support.

Kids like solar lights!
Kids like solar lights!
Businesses need solar lights, too.
Businesses need solar lights, too.
TanzSolar crew, on the road to a village.
TanzSolar crew, on the road to a village.
Oct 9, 2013

TanzSolar Solar Lighting Program Update

Solar lighting at a rural school
Solar lighting at a rural school

Special Notice!

On Wednesday, October 9th beginning at 12:01 am EDT, for 24 hours, GlobalGiving is providing a Bonus Day!  Your contribution will be matched at 30% by Global Giving, up to the first $25,000 claimed.  Please take advantage of this added gift by donating, online, on October 9.  In the morning, if possible!

Our thanks to you all who have made these projects possible and to Global Giving for their ongoing efforts to support TanzSolar and other grassroots nonprofit organizations around the world.  We work very hard to provide the most impact for your dollars.

TanzSolar continues to provide maintenance for the more than 7,000 solar lighting systems we have distributed in the Lake Zone region.  We are currently saving for our next shipment of lighting systems, and hope to be able to purchase these kits before the end of the year to begin distribution in December.

Don’t forget!  October 9, in the morning as early as possible, make a donation!  Every donation, large or small, helps us to make a significant, long-term improvement in the lives of rural families without access to electric power.

Thank you.

Solar lighting at a village home
Solar lighting at a village home
TanzSolar staff working with homeowner
TanzSolar staff working with homeowner
Justin Ibrahim showing the solar lights in a home.
Justin Ibrahim showing the solar lights in a home.
Feb 22, 2013

New portable solar package avalaible for villagers

Solar lights at night
Solar lights at night

TanzSolar’s Global Giving project, Affordable Solar Light for 12500 African Villagers, continues to subsidize the cost of solar lights for rural Tanzanian families.  We have just $1,000 left to complete this project, only 1.6%! 

TanzSolar's newest solar packages for rural Tanzanians include portable lights, cell phone charger and USB port for any external DC load. A smaller option includes 2 lights with a 5W solar panel and a larger option includes 4 lights and a 15W solar panel, both come with cell phone charging port and USB port. 

During the course of this project TanzSolar has learned that charging cell phones is a large concern for many villagers. Cell phones have allowed Tanzanians new ways to earn a living, however most villagers live with no electricity, which makes keeping a cell phone charged a high maintenance task. With the new cell phone charging ports and USB included in the solar systems, villagers have an easier time charging their phone and can focus their energy more on what is needed to support themselves and their families. We look forward to seeing how our customers like the new package. We will share their feedback with you, our donors, who have helped make all this possible! Thank you.

Your donations have paid for half of the cost of a solar-powered light for a village family.  The villagers themselves pay for the other half, which encourages them to value and care for these lights.  TanzSolar is headquartered in Musoma, a town in Northern Tanzania conveniently located to thousands of rural households.  We offer ongoing product support, battery replacements and equipment repairs at or below cost.  We produce educational literature and are working to introduce the populace to solar electricity and efficient electric lighting.  Together we are bringing knowledge and light to rural Africa.

In addition you might like to take a look at our school project; www.globalgiving.org/projects/solar-schools4africa/.  This project will fund the electrification of a rural secondary school in northern Tanzania.

Again we thank you for your generous support.  Your donations have changed the lives of this large, hard-working rural population in Tanzania, and they are deeply appreciated.

Classroom studying by solar lights in the evening
Classroom studying by solar lights in the evening

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Oct 19, 2012

TanzSolar Wins Green Africa Award Q3 2012 Report

Green Africa Award
Green Africa Award

TanzSolar’s Global Giving project, Affordable Solar Light for 12,500 African Villagers, continues to subsidize the cost of solar lights for rural Tanzanian families.  Thousands of Tanzanians have already received subsidized solar lights through this program, thanks to your support. 

TanzSolar received a big honor in June from the Green Africa program.

The annual Green Africa Award for Business was awarded to TanzSolar (www.tanzsolar.org) for championing environmental change in Africa. TanzSolar received the Award for bringing clean, renewable solar energy and electric lighting to villagers in Tanzania. TanzSolar received the Green Business & Environmental Management Award, one of ten categories.

http://www.earthmauritius.org/#!__green-awards/vstc2=latest-news

Since 2007 TanzSolar has been working in the rural, northern regions of Tanzania to bring clean, renewable solar energy and electric lighting to village homes, schools and medical facilities.  TanzSolar is a nonprofit Tanzania based company that has distributed over 7,000 subsidized solar-lighting systems.  Nonetheless millions of rural households and businesses remain without access to electricity, so this work is just beginning.

Please take a look at our school project; www.globalgiving.org/projects/solar-schools4africa/.   You will see some photos here of our first rural school installation.

The TanzSolar staff and the villagers of Rural Musoma thank you for your generous support.  Together we are changing the world.

Location of Tegaruka Secondary School
Location of Tegaruka Secondary School
Solar-School Installation
Solar-School Installation
Installing the Inverter
Installing the Inverter
Panels on the roof
Panels on the roof
by Christoph Stulz_ Classroom at night
by Christoph Stulz_ Classroom at night

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Organization

TanzSolar Ltd.

Musoma, Mara, Tanzania, United Republic of
http://www.tanzsolar.org

Project Leader

Marianne Walpert

Board Member, Executive Director
Musoma, MARA Region Tanzania, United Republic of

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