It is with great joy and privilege that we can today announce an important partnership between South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), Department of Science and Technologies (DST), and SolarTurtle to development the next generation SolarTurtle solar energy kiosks – The BabyTurtle. Both SANEDI and DST has been a long standing supporter of SolarTurtle as we share a common goal – eradicating energy poverty by creating grassroots jobs in the green economy. To this end SANEDI, with the support from the DST, has pledged a significant amount towards the development of community owned green businesses.
This contract will see the design and implementation of three new solar kiosk designs of various portable sizes. They will all follow the SolarTurtle’s fold-away designs but now our software will also be upgraded. A new integrated battery charging station technology coupled with a software platform for the operators, customers, and donors will allow these energy kiosks to provide immediate relief to people that struggle to keep their phones and lights on. The software will also feature never been done before features like e-motivation linked with e-training will push these small green businesses to new heights. This is a three year contract over which SolarTurtle will produce, test and commercialize these new solar powered units with the accompanying software packages. SolarTurtle will open an Eastern Cape economic development office from where there energy poverty and unemployment concerns of the provinces will be tackled.
Thank you to SANEDI and the DST for always believing in us, and taking the next step towards a greener South Africa. In addition, thank you to Dr Thembakazi Mali (SANEDI), Somila Xosa (DST) & Rebecca Maserumule (DST) who helped us since the very beginning. Also Stellenbosch University, Nedbank, SAB Foundation, Royal Academy of Engineering, UNIDO (SEED), PFAN (UN), WWF, Siemens Stiftung, Mergon Group, Norton Rose Fulbright, EnergyNet UK and TIA for your wavering support. Last but not least, thank you to the rural communities that work with us – Elliotdale, Mbola and Mbhashe, with a special thanks to Chief Tyali, Ngangolwandle SS school, and the kids who make this all worthwhile.
SolarTurtle won the 2017 SA Innovation Summit Inventors Garage Competition