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SolarTurtle hatches an off-grid plan for informal traders

In South Africa, the minister for higher education, science and innovation, Blade Nzimande, is set to unveil a new SolarTurtle initiative.

The minister will today [20 August] reveal the innovative BabyTurtle – an alternative energy project targeted at rural communities and informal traders, who are off the electricity grid.  

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“The Department of Science and Innovation, through the South African National Energy Development Institute, is a partner in the BabyTurtle project. Government supports such projects as part of the Solar Energy Research, Development and Innovation Technology Roadmap,” the department said in a media statement.

The project, which will be launched virtually, is aimed at empowering informal traders and entrepreneurs across Africa, with a particular focus on enabling women and young people to generate an income.

Addressing the need for smart off-grid solutions

SolarTurtle aims to make green energy more accessible with the introduction of the new BabyTurtle product range. The product will be introduced in three sizes, which are available for hire or purchase. 

All three sizes provide reliable solar energy and wifi Internet connectivity.

They are equipped with solar panels, batteries and inverters that can be used for a range of applications, including mobile offices, basic lighting, and charging stations for electronic devices. 

The solar-powered hubs are supported by a software management platform.

The department said the project is developed by the award-winning green energy pioneer, SolarTurtle, which has developed a number of different solar-powered applications for South Africa and Lesotho.

Edited by ESI Africa. Source: SAnews.gov.za

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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