ARTI Energy hosted a solar Seminar at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam on May 30TH. The event was co-hosted with Barefoot Power the Australian manufacturer of Barefoot Power products. ARTI Energy is responsible for distribution, sales and service of Barefoot Power solar products in Tanzania.
The event was held to launch the new line of Generation 2.5 solar products and to highlight the efforts made by ARTI Energy and Barefoot Power to combat energy poverty in Tanzania.
Dennis Tessier, Programs Director for ARTI Energy, highlighted the achievements made over the past 2 years in Tanzania, which included distribution of over 7,000 solar lights in 2011, completion of a Lighting Rural Tanzanian project, with the support of the Rural Energy Agency (REA) and the World Bank, and the development of a network of 40 dealers, 60 SACCOS and 1 micro-finance institution.
Liddon Muturi, Regional Manager for Barefoot Power East and Southern Africa, presented on Barefoot Power strategy, the need to replace kerosene lanterns with solar lanterns and grant opportunities with Peak View Global Trust.
Marion Kamuyu, Business Development Associate for East and South Africa, used the opportunity to speak the about the upgrades with the Generation 2.5 products including :
- New high capacity lithium iron phosphate (LiFePo4) batteries now last 5 years (1000 cycles)
- New AGM SLA batteries for PowaPack 5w lasting 3 years (400 cycles)
- New Brighter SMD LEDs that last much longer.
- Improved charge controllers & circuit boards.
- Environmentally friendly: GEN 2.5 meets the UN Clean Development Mechanism Standards.
- New phone charging solution charges up to 6 phones in a day.
Allan Shaidi, Manager of the Bagamoyo Briquettes Company, hosted a display on the Waste to Wealth Project funded by the World Bank’s Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA).
The event was completed with cocktails and booths where participants could meet ARTI Energy staff and learn about specific Barefoot Products including the Firefly, PowaPack Junior 2.5w, PowaPack 5w and the 10w and 15w Home Lighting Sytems.
If you would like to learn more about Barefoot Power Products, becoming a dealer, a partner, getting special pricing for your SACCOS or company, or the opportunities for grants with the Peak View Global Trust, please contact Dennis Tessier, ARTI Energy Programs Director…firstname.lastname@example.org.