BTC was working on a pilot project with e.quinox (student group of the Imperial College in London). This project consisted of a solar kiosk in a rural village, very far from any main routes and the electricity grid.
► Project overview on e.quinox homepage
Two significant findings of this project:
- They set a microfinance mechanism to allow people to pay a 40.000 RwF deposit for a battery. This was not successful because this price was too high. They price was reduced to 5.000 RwF and this is now working.
- Lighting is not a priority for these households. They like having a battery, firstly, to have energy for radios and mobile phone charging, secondly, to watch TV and, finally, for lighting at home. This means that, at least in that village, batteries are better accepted if they are compatible with radios, mobile phones and TVs than with lamps.