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Providing Solar-power Lighting and Telecommunications for off-the-grid Communities in the Philippines

Providing Solar-power Lighting and Telecommunications for off-the-grid Communities in the Philippines

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Category Energy Transition

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Realm Indomalaya

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Status ongoing

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Funding Level $$

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Timeframe Ongoing
Partner New Energy Nexus

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According to the Philippines report from the Senate Committee on Energy, of the 2.4M households that are not grid connected, more than 75% are situated in the Visayas and Mindanao region in the central and southern parts of the country. Currently, these families depend on candles and kerosene lamps as their sources of light, and they use repurposed lead acid batteries to charge their phones for communication. 

Light of Hope has been helping underserved, off-the-grid communities in Visayas since 2018. Their Cloudgrid solution is a small solar generator system that helps a household get enough power for more than 12 hours of light, along with mobile phone charging for its neighbors. Through the Light of Hope payment model, Cloudgrid owners can offer charging services to nearby houses for a fee, out of which they pay for the device and deployment costs.

Through this project, 1,400 households across 10 communities in the Visayas region have been provided with access to lighting with solar lamps made from recycled PET bottles.

An affordable smart solar generator system has also been developed that will enable households in rural off-grid areas to power basic appliances and collect usage data that will be beneficial to telecommunication and utility companies. After spending roughly $20 per month on kerosene lamps and candles, each household will now be paying only $12 per month for the entire system. 

The goals of this project are to uplift the lives of less privileged off-the-grid communities by providing affordable clean energy access, helping to mitigate climate change through the use of clean, renewable energy and IOT technologies. A series of surveys will target the beneficiaries to help inform the design of Cloudgrid units to be built and deployed in the communities. At the same time, monitoring of energy usage and GPS locations will be enabled to provide a real-time tracker of the equivalent CO2 emissions avoidance. With additional capital more Cloudgrid units can be developed, and the platform can be enhanced for reporting and energy usage monitoring.

Supporting New Energy Nexus in the Philippines will enable the team to engage the local energy community to scale Light of Hope’s Cloudgrid program, run regular energy meetups, and expand other innovative startup acceleration programs.

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