In collaboration with Amazide, Mavuno, and Off-Grid Electric, we initiated in 2018 an Opportunity Project to bring solar energy to primary schools in Tanzania. Most primary schools in rural Tanzania do not have electricity, hence teaching is carried out on clear days, without the aid of any electronic equipment. To remedy this, we developed a pilot project to electrify 10 primary schools in the Karagwe District of northern Tanzania. This “solar electrification” consist of roof-top solar panels, light bulbs, TVs, radios, and phone charging strips. The installation was completed in the second quarter of 2018 by Zola Electric, and all equipment are guaranteed for 5 years. The schools thus now have electricity essentially cost free for the foreseeable future.
After completing two surveys to assess the utility and impact of this “solarization,” we committed ourselves to a goal of solar electrifying all 111 primary schools in the Karagwe and Kyerwa Districts. In 2019, we completed 36 more primary schools. For a summary and pictures of the first 12 schools in 2019 whose installation has been completed, click here; for the completed 6-month survey report, click here. For pictures of the second set of 12 schools in 2019, click here. For pictures of the third set of 12 schools in 2019, click here.