Field research in Uganda
Our recent business study, financed by the SIDA Innovations Against Poverty – for validating our inclusive business model has been finalized. This study has helped us substantiate the business opportunity in rural Uganda. In contact with local farmer cooperatives we have been able to confirm the ability to pay for electricity in these markets, necessary available biomass resources have been identified. Some of the households are spending up to 7 €/month (20 000 UGX) on kerosene lamps and 4 €/month (12 000 UGX) on small paraffin lamps (Tadooba). We belive our renewable energy alternative can offer an economically interesting alternative to these customers. Additionally, rural communities are running agro processing machinery such as maize mills, coffee/ground-nut husking machines, egg incubators etc. If no electricity is available these machines are run on diesel and can consume more than 20L/day, representing high operational costs for local farmers.
Recently we have engaged in collaboration with a global actor in the telecom industry and in negotiations with a local telecom operator we have been able to confirm our business offering highly attractive in price, while reliable operations still need to be proven in upcoming demonstration projects.
Several new local partnerships have been established. Together, two sites for pilot demonstration have been identified and energy audits have been performed to elaborate site-specific biomass supply chains. We have developed a methodology for site-selection and concluded a business plan. During this year our aim is to install the first demonstration plant and operate several units by the end of the year.