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Sub-Saharan Africa

Nova Lumos: Solar power in a box for rural Nigerians

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Country: Nigeria
Sector: Power generation
Challenge: About two-thirds of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa has no regular access to electricity and this extreme energy poverty is exacerbated by the fact that millions of people living in remote locations are not grid connected. In Nigeria, about half the population lacks access to electricity and about 79 million people are not connected to the power grid.

Solution: Txtlight Power Solutions (d.b.a. Nova Lumos) developed a portable solar power station, which is about the size of a small suitcase, connects to a rooftop panel, and can be used in individual homes. Consumers pay for the power with their cell phones.  OPIC committed a $15 million loan to support the introduction of the technology in communities in Nigeria that are not grid connected. The project is a part of the U.S. Power Africa Initiative, aimed at doubling the number of people on the continent who have access to power.

Impact: In addition to providing homes and small businesses with electricity to power lights, cell phone chargers, computers, fans and other household appliances, the rooftop solar kits will displace the use of kerosene lamps and diesel generators.

This project was profiled in 2015