shaktienergylogo0011

World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 has recognized Shakti Energy’s Safe Township Lighting project which aims to bring safer lighting solutions to off-grid communities who live in informal settlements and rural areas across South Africa.

Shakti Energy, a South African startup that piloted an alternative energy solution in the bid of tackling the rising figure of over 3.4 million households without electric grid, looks for energy entrepreneur from informal settlements.

The company says their solution provides a simple and effective way for off-grid communities to have light.

Nuru-12
The startup has launched series of products. The Nuru LED light, which is portable and costs US$8, provides up to 20 hours of light on a full recharge. It is made of rechargeable plastics, durable, ultra-portable with adjustable head-strap, and easy to use. It also uses low-impact rechargeable NiMH batteries with 3 light output settings (low, medium, high).

shakti-702x336

The first commercially available pedal generator called, NURU POWERCycle is produced from locally available bicycle components and a mounting frame of timber. With 20 minutes of gentle paddling with either the feet or hand at 60RPM, it can recharge 5 Nuru lights and mobile phones.

Shakti Energy intends to distribute its products through township entrepreneurs, who earn money through sales of product and recharging of lights and mobile phones.

In a statement made by chief executive officer (CEO) Vijay Mitha to Disrupt Africa, “Shakti Energy establishes energy entrepreneurs in informal settlements and rural areas that are not connected to the electricity grid to charge portable lights and mobile phones using a pedal powered generator.”

Vijay said the startup planned to establish at least 500 groups of energy entrepreneurs over the next five years, creating jobs for over 2,000 individuals who will earn incomes of between ZAR4,000 (US$350) and ZAR8,000 (US$700) per month.

A recognised project for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, Shakti Energy is initially piloting its products in the Western Cape before expanding to Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Read this next
More From TC

My Life In Tech is putting human faces to some of the innovative startups, investments and policy formations driving the technology sector across Africa. A tragic 1980 novel by Sidney Sheldon, Rage of Angels, is all it took for Odunoluwa Longe to decide she wanted to pursue a career in law. The novel’s stunning protagonist, […]

Another Friday, another edition of the TechCabal Quiz. Last week, we asked what type of tech boss you are and we got all your responses. Today, we want to find out how well you read us this week. As always, let us know how you get on and share this among your friends. Have a […]

Battlefield, Business, Funding
6th December 2019

Ten startups have been announced as winners of the Seedstars Summit Africa 2019. Held in Johannesburg, South Africa, the summit is a competition for startups from different countries in Africa. First emerging through pitch contests and mentoring in over 20 African countries, the participating startups got their chance to pitch to an audience that included […]


TechCabal is a Big Cabal Media brand



Copyright © 2019
All rights reserved

Privacy & Terms