In Cambodia millions of people in isolated villages have no access to electricity. Solar micro-grids are very appropriate for this setting. Pteah Baitong, Entrepreneurs du Monde's access to energy project in Cambodia, has already kitted out 140 families. If we can raise $5,000 between us, the project will be able to connect 18 more families!
In Cambodia, 64% of families in rural areas are not connected to the electricity grid and have to use kerosene lamps or old car batteries. These don't cost much to buy but are very expensive to use, are a fire risk and emit noxious fumes. How can anyone live safely, work or study in these conditions?
Since 2018, Pteah Baitong has put in place solar micro-grids in several villages, providing cheap reliable energy that creates enough power to develop revenue-generating activities. Each house has solar panels set up, along with a battery to store power and a control box. All the houses are linked together to share the energy that's generated. The kit is installed for free and everyone contributes to the investment by paying for the energy they use.
This project is having a rapid effect on: 1. families: they benefit from healthy, quality lighting, and are able to save; 2. the environment: this is no longer polluted by greenhouse gas emissions and spent batteries. In 2019 we equipped 435 families, this trial is a success, and we aim to equip 800 families in 2020!