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How to light Africa within a decade 🌞⚡️

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ZOLA Electric’s FLEX Solar Home System with phone charging, TV, Radio, Fan & LED lights ⚡️© ZOLA Electric
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  • Fund Services, Not Watts — Efficiency is the name of the game when you are off the grid. An inefficient 50 watt system and an efficient 15 watt system can deliver exactly the same service level. Fund outcomes that can be objectively measured: lumens of light, hours of radio, number of phones charged, etc.
  • Fund Durability — It is easy to deliver a high level of service the first time a cheap or poorly designed solar system is used. It is much harder and more expensive to provide a system that delivers at a high level for years, with service included. A strong technical analysis can identify high quality systems and reward the investment in quality. Some funding should be reserved and only dispersed after systems are demonstrated to be functioning highly after 1–3 years.
  • Only Fund on Audit-able Data — Any organization seeking funding should provide exact data, in spreadsheet format, including GPS coordinates of customers and detailed system specifications, so that a random audit can be conducted.
  • Release Funding Quickly and Transparently — A well-designed program cannot subject entrepreneurs to a yearlong opaque process and grueling reporting requirements. It must have a transparent funding protocol with rapid turnaround and personalized service.
  • Build a broad market — No more than 20% of the fund should go to a single company, country or organization, and funds should be distributed pro rata if there is more interest than funds available. This prevents one large & well-funded company from swooping in and claiming a lion’s share. Special effort should be made to fund local small solar dealers as well as ambitious high-growth startups.
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