With three mature projects confronting Ghanaian off-grid production issues, the Tour third step has occurred in a stimulant and pugnacious atmosphere. Let’s take a look back to this high-flying event in Accra.
To guarantee the whole Ghanaian population an access to a reliable and clean source of energy: here was the huge challenge launched by the three EDF Pulse Africa Tour candidates in Ghana, Northlite Solar Limited, Ray Solar Power Africa and Sustainable Energy Technologies. If SETECH – Sustainable Energy Technologies – has eventually been chosen by the jury to be finalist for the Great Finale in Paris, the social and energetic ambitions of all the candidates deserve to be highlighted. Brief presentations:
- Sustainable Energy Technologies – AWARD WINNER
Still the same aim but alternative means: Sustainable Energy Technologies
, known as SETECH, also cares about providing remote and off-grid areas with carbon-free electricity, but prefers to use the available biomass to do so. The start-up purpose is to equip the local people with lightning systems and kitchen equipment, supplied by a thermoelectric generator. This cogeneration innovative technology has already proven its interest and its performance through pilot projects.
This seven-employee start-up
wants to help women entrepreneurs in their commercial project perspectives thanks to the production and the use of solar energy. To have a positive impact in the long run, the company develops premade solar kiosks that can be adapted to every entrepreneur’s business model. Thanks to their micro-franchise system, the kiosks will increase real opportunities for women living in Ghanaian poor and off-grid regions.
The start-up relies on an innovative technology to spread Solar Home Systems and solar pumps through a wide range of 9 products adapted to Ghanaian inhabitants’ energetic needs. In order to differentiate itself from its numerous competitors, Ray Solar Energy bets on a more competitive price and products which are better-adapted to the consumer’s uses. Actually, their partner (and supplier) Plug The Sun can easily modulate the systems’ design and power.
The meticulous members of the jury, all coming from the Ghanaian economic-energetic ecosystem, based their judgment on criteria such as project’s viability, impact on the society, and even their differentiation and their innovative potential. Among others, French Ambassador in Ghana Anne-Sophie Ave and Special advisor to the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Oliver Boachie were present to differentiate these promising enterprises. Stephen Essien, ZEGHA Managing Director, was invited to capitalize on his experience as a jury member as well as a panellist portraying the Ghanaian Solar Home System branch’s situation.
The presence of numerous politic, economic and entrepreneurial actors brought to light the quality of the Ghanaian innovation dynamism. The third step has set the standards high: the South-African candidates, next on the Tour’s way, will have to be precise in their presentation and have a fighting-spirit in order to challenge the Ghanaian finalist, SETECH.