Submitted by: Energy For Opportunity (EFO)
Implemented country: Sierra Leone
Title: Community Charging Stations For Rural Energy Access
The Community Charging Station (CCS) model establishes a community managed business enterprise based on clean and renewable solar electricity. The CCS generates income through mobile phone and other appliance charging and also serves as the critical point through which solar, rechargeable lighting products are introduced into the community. These lights are direct replacements for expensive, dangerous and polluting kerosene lighting products. Rent, rent-to-own and purchase options are provided that ensures the products are accessible to even the least advantaged members of the community.