Solar Helps Business Surge In Tanzania

Another example of how solar power can help grow a business in the developing world.  Samwel Nyakalege has recently traded in his diesel generator for solar power and it has cost his business a fraction.  Here's an excerpt: 

UKARA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Samwel Nyakalege's life has recently become more of a grind – and that's a good thing.

The 33-year-old miller from Bwisya village, on Lake Victoria's Ukara Island, is one of the first to benefit from a project to bring solar power to residents and business-owners.

The entrepreneur, married with four children, has worked grinding millet, maize, rice and beans since 2007, but the high cost of fuel for his diesel generator made it hard to turn a profit.

"I used to buy a liter of diesel for up to 3,000 Tanzanian shillings (about $1.40) and I needed at least 50 liters every week to run the generator. My business could hardly grow,” Nyakalege told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

But with the arrival of the first-ever solar-powered mini-grid at Bwisya, launched by JUMEME, a rural power supply company with government backing, Nyakalege has enough energy to run his power-hungry business – and no longer needs costly and polluting generators.

Cheaper power, in fact, means that he can expand his company.

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