Overview

The fight to end BlackOut in Africa is on! You want to help clean the environment, stem global warming, strengthen the energy grid, support national security and energy independence, while you also become energy independent yourself and hedge against rising power and maintenance costs with a fixed-price rental contract, then sign up now to FREE YOURSELF!
Solar power is a significant step toward energy independence and an important resource in preserving our environment and protecting our national security from dependence on foreign oil. GoSolarAfrica makes it easy and affordable for any homeowner to take that step.

Background

Until now, several research and studies show that an overwhelming majority of residential consumers in Africa possess a predisposition towards Offgrid-connected photovoltaic (“OGPV”) systems.

Roughly, 85% exhibit a willingness to pay a premium for PV-generated electricity; and 80% state a likelihood of purchasing a no-added cost OGPV system. From a general renewable standpoint, 81% of the market remarkably favors requiring power companies to generate at least 20% of their electricity from alternative renewable energy sources. It is clear that the market size of ‘near-term’ purchasers – those representing the highest likelihood of a near-term purchase, given system availability – is sizeable.

After much research and scrutiny, it was determined that approximately 5 to 15 percent of the residential electricity consumer – having a residence properly oriented and sharing a consistent trait of self-reliance – can be considered near-term early adopters of PV. On the low side, this makes GoSolarAfrica’s immediate and readily identifiable market equal to roughly 20 million residential consumers. What is unknown about this market is the speed at which it will grow because the GosolarAfrica offering requires no investment risk and is at price parity with many utility companies like PHCN power. The market size is likely to grow far beyond its initial measurement and well beyond the grid connected distribution methods currently limiting its growth.

The Problem

Less than 20% in Africa has access to electricity daily: 90% of entire economic activities in sub Saharan Africa are built on Fossil Fuel energy where about 200million people spend an average of $4.1 per day on petrol. An estimated 130 million residents use generators of varying sizes. In the last one year, average residential expenditure in fuelling power generators climbed to an all-time high of $191.35 billion per annum.

Successive Governments have continued to fail with weak institutional and political will to ensure a successful implementation of policies in a continent where most communities are yet to be connected to the National grid, the poor in these regions suffers. While efforts are being made currently by various Governments to adequately provide electricity, there still exist a major percentage of the poor that is still cut off from these services.

Nigeria experiences the worst electricity crisis among its contemporaries in Africa, which underscores the nightmarish generation, distribution and supply in the country. Electricity crisis is the most important infrastructure bottleneck in the country today as all types of firms experiences power outages and 85 percent of them own generators as alternative source of power generation.

The lack of access to reliable and affordable essential energy resources and services is wholly not as a result of “underdevelopment” but rather is more a causal factor of economic poverty, malnutrition, chronic health fragility and location insecurity. The quality of lives improves positively immediately the poor can access energy resources and services and sustains livelihood, increases the economic opportunities and consequently reduces demographic pressure on ecosystems, thereby limits or reduce the green house gas emission.

Equitable distribution of energy supply should be seen as a major component of sustainable development and climate change adaptation. There is greater number of the people going to bed daily without electricity within the middle- and low-income households. As at December 2010, the total available measurable energy generated through the National grid in many of the sub Saharan Africans hovers below 4,000MW while the daily energy consumption requirement for Accra alone is capped at 18,000MW.

How It Works

GoSolarAfrica pays for, installs, owns and operates the Solar Home System (SHS). All you do is pay for your monthly electricity usage from your panels. Your contract rate for this electricity is based on the outcome of your energy audit + your average carbon footprint for your utility during the prior year. We “lock in” this rate so that it never goes up for the entire duration of the contract, up to 10 years. We give you back your power, you produce your own electricity, and you keep the savings every month.

Here are some of the benefits you receive:

  • No upfront equipment investment
  • No waiting for discount or solar to become cheaper
  • GoSolarAfrica obtains all permits and handles engineering, procurement, and construction.
  • You only pay for what is delivered. Since the solar power you generate reduces your need for energy from your generator or PHCN, your net payment will be equal to, or less than, what you are paying now
  • Hassle-free operating and maintenance
  • Hedge against future PHCN or fuel price increases; we lock-in your electricity rates from the solar system for up to 10 years

If you decide then to install the SHS, you pay a security deposit, which you will receive back with interest at the end of the contract period. You will also receive a Solar Rental Agreement (SRA) to sign, with the terms for your Solar Home System (SHS). When GoSolarAfrica is ready to install your panels, an engineer comes to you to design the actual system requirement under our offering (Starting with 1KVA, 2KVA and 3KVA)

Your rent for a SHS is based on the size of your system and how much power it generates. Since the fuel supply (sunlight) is free and very little maintenance is required throughout its lifetime of about 50 years, GoSolarAfrica rents to you at a fixed pre determined rate for the contract period you sign up for one, or 10 years. Your SHS rate is “locked in” at the time of signing an SRA.

GoSolarAfrica engineers design a SHS system that will meet your exact needs based on your electricity usage, obtains the permits, procures the equipment, installs the system, and integrates it with your other energy sources at home (Generators or Utility Company).

GoSolarAfrica monitors your SHS electronically to make sure it performs at its optimum capability. We have a vested interest with the performance of your SHS. If it doesn’t generate electricity, you pay nothing!

At the end of each month, GoSolarAfrica will provide you with a bill that tells you how much electricity your SHS has generated. Your rent is equal to your contract rate times the electricity generated. GoSolarAfrica has designed a business that delivers the SHS to you under the best possible conditions. GoSolarAfrica uses only the best grade components to make up the SHS. It is professionally installed and maintained by our team of dedicated engineers and technicians. And with a performance-based rental contract, you receive the strongest form of system warranty available.

You need not be concerned with:

  • Potential system failure
  • Warrantee assurance from equipment providers
  • Whether your choice to switch to solar power was right or not, since you don’t have to make a large technology investment
  • Through the SHS program, you are virtually able to eliminate your risk in adopting solar power.

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