First-ever locally manufactured Solar Kiosk constructed in Ghana
The first-ever locally manufactured Solar Kiosk has been launched in Ghana to boost the socio-economic activities of people who lack access to power in the country. The solar kiosk has been spearheaded by NGO SolarKiosk Ghana Limited in partnership with Energy Commission and JCS Investment Limited.
The NGO’s robust and multi-functional lightweight unit, which can be easily transported, is tailored for use in rural and semi-urban communities, thus allowing mini businesses, such as small banks, restaurants, barber shops and hair dressing salons, to operate efficiently in the local economy. According to SolarKiosk Ghana MD, Patricia Safo, the initiative aims to reduce carbon emissions and deforestation and promote sustainable energy alternatives.
A solar kiosk can produce energy for itself, and the excess energy can be sold, while the attached canopy is able to support and supply households and businesses with energy. Andreas Spiess, Solarkiosk CEO, based in Germany, said Africa with its abundant sunshine, derives only about 2% of its energy needs from sunshine, while Germany with less sunshine, produces about 20% solar energy. The company is collaborating with the banks to give an upfront loan to people who want to buy solar products.