Real independence comes from being able to be self-reliant, taking own responsibility for income generating and health. Energy dependence is a great barrier to this. Depending on kerosene, diesel motors or poor centralised electricity that can be switched off anytime, means you’re always insecure of electricity, always in danger or spending a lot of money.

Energy poverty results from inefficient centralized energy politics and economics. This centralized power, neither political nor economical, has no interest to invest in decentralized solar power generation by individual households. But this is very well possible with Solar
Energy.

Light Up A Village (LUAV) is a direct way to promote decentralized solar power generation by individual households and to promote energy independence and self-reliance with solar energy. The main goal is to light up different households (and / or the church, the school) in one entire village with solar panels, lamps and phone charging systems, and other accessories such as TV, radio and refrigerators.

LUAV is an initiative by Mesics Foundation, different Community Based Organisations (CBO’s) and Barefoot Power Ltd (BFP) whose primary goal is to provide households in villages with a decentralized Pico solar electrification infrastructure. The LUAV initiative has been a result of challenges faced within the communities that have limited access to energy.  

For this project each individual home is able to receive a small solar providing for 2 -7 lights running 8 hours each night. Every system is able to charge several phones per day or night and it is also able to provide entertainment (radio and TV) and refrigeration.

LUAV Installation Team on Motorcycle

LUAV Installation Team on Foot

LUAV Installation Team on the Break

LUAV is in line with goals related to reduction of energy poverty, provision of clean, affordable energy to low income earning people, improvement of infrastructure for education, health and business and reduction of fire hazards.

Our goal with LUAV is to cover underserved areas, to provide new types of product range that allows the user to climb upwards on the energy ladder and to provide access to financial services.  One of the key elements of LUAV is financing. Funds are needed to start the program. An average project cost per village of 100 homes is 15,000/= USD. This includes the identification and sensitization process, delivery and installation of the hardware, entrepreneurial and technical training of local villagers in the basics of solar, and one year service and two years warranty.

Here are some of our happy clients with Barefoot Power Product using in LUAV projects:

Barefoot Connect 3000 – Solar Home System with TV is ready to be delivered and installed

Our Technician explained how to use the product to the clients

Other happy ladies with Barefoot Connect 600

Thanks for Photos supplied by Mesics Foundation

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