Achievements and lessons we’ve learned that may be useful for all communities in leading a rapid transition to renewable energy include:
- Re-investing money saved by avoiding large-scale models, to be injected back into local economies to provide more solar products, innovation, and loans.
- Providing a holistic approach to the transition, e.g. including education programs so customers and communities can learn about the benefits of solar, from financial, health, social, and environmental perspectives.
- Recognizing when large power plants and transmission lines are less effective, and more costly, than going directly to communities in need with a distributed power arrangement.
- Keeping technology and issue resolution simple where possible - offering repair services and warranties by locals, in local communities.
- Translating what solar use means economically for a community (also larger districts and the country overall). For instance we showcase this as online data (our impact) to show uptake and benefits.
- Always encouraging a break away from traditional roles for genders and backgrounds; using a ground-up approach involving everyone and creating opportunities and resources for anyone with the passion to lead change.
- Measuring the success of transition to solar by more than quantitative techniques – using stories and qualitative information around changes experienced for the better.
Since our pilot project first launched in 2012 we've:
- Helped create 18,628,505 productive study and work hours.
- Displaced 1,167 tons of CO2.
- Saved $112,367 USD on household energy costs.
- Provided 35,725 people with cleaner, safer homes.
We believe taking a lean start-up model and ‘fail fast, fail cheap’ philosophy, using feedback from the entire system (customers, entrepreneurs, industry, influences, stakeholders), with a phased approach that allows projects and people to adapt and change with the system, is one way to lead a rapid yet holistic transition to solar.