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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Namibia 2019
SunCycles is a social enterprise that provides access to E-Mobility and solar recharge systems to rural and urban areas across Namibia. SunCycles supplies sustainable mobility solutions to users ranging from kindergarten teachers to healthcare workers, environmental educators, tourism enterprises, entrepreneurs, farmers, commuters, and game guards, only to mention a few. Some of SunCycles’s most successful projects have been through the provision of E-Bikes for rural areas and game guards.
In Namibia the lack of access to affordable and sustainable mobility is a crucial shortcoming for rural communities. Rural areas are often overlooked when it comes to transport developments, which means that many people continue to rely on walking, or expensive and unreliable taxi services which leads to inadequate access to basic services such as health and education, and goods and labour markets.
By supplying electric bicycles to assist existing conservation and educational projects, the main beneficiaries of the project are rural game guards in the Salamabla Conservancy. Suncycle provides these guards with innovative E-Bike that help them to do daily patrols in the sandy terrain, as part of guards’ duties to prevent illegal poaching. A solar charging station provides further benefit to people by providing off-grid charging capabilities, while the batteries on the bicycles provide an alternative source of energy to power small electric applications like GPS tracker or LED spot lights
SunCycles introduced E-Bikes to the Namibian market via a franchise/B2B model using an existing network of bicycle shops. As manufacturer of solar recharge infrastructure for rural areas in Namibia, they provide the communities with unique opportunity to expand their businesses through services such as communication/internet and cell phone recharge thereby, improving business opportunities. The fact that Suncycle focuses on a more affordable E-Bike made from recycled and locally available frames, affordable to the low-mid income population makes their product very innovative.