First Lady Buys Charcoal Briquettes

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Allan Shaidi, BBC Manager, speaks with the President and the First Lady, while a crowed of people listen attentively.

This year ARTI  hosted the Bagamoyo Briquettes Company (BBC) at the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).  The DITF, popularly known as “Saba Saba” draws hundreds of thousands of people from all across Tanzania, East Africa and the international community.

Allan Shaidi, BBC Project Manager, speaks withthe President and the First lady about the socio-economic and environmental benefits of charcoal briquettes to the Nation.

BBC used the opportunity to launch its charcoal briquettes brand offering a 3kg samples of its sustainable charcoal briquettes for 2,000 Tsh., and larger bags of 15 and 25kg for a price of 600 Tsh/kilo.  The goal is to educate Tanzanians to value of charcoal briquettes as a quality product that also has far reaching socio-economic and environmental benefits.  Over the 10 day event BBC managed to sell almost 1,000 kilos of charcoal briquettes.


One of the main goals of the exhibition was to attract potential wholesalers of the briquettes in Dar es Salaam.  The response was overwhelming with dozens of people signing up to resell the charcoal briquettes in their neighbourhoods.

The highlight of the exhibition was the visit of The President of the Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and the First Lady, Salma Kikwete who visited the ARTI booth at Saba Saba.  The President and the First lady spent a long time at the Bagamoyo Brikwiti Company display and asked many questions.  After the First Lady finished asking series of questions she made the greatest act of support possible…she removed her wallet from her purse and purchased five 15kg bags of charcoal briquettes and said she would try them out in her kitchen.  Needless to say the whole BBC team was overwhelmed with joy.

BBC selling raising awareness about charcoal briquettes through convincing people to buy and try a 3kg bag

Solar Lighting

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Lighting is a basic need and should be available to everyone.  ARTI-Energy provides solar solutions that range from hand held solar lights to complete solar systems for institutions.  With the affordable pricing and reliable products no one needs to be left in the dark.

Solar, Solar Back-Up & Back-up Systems

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ARTI Energy has a variety of larger solar, solar back-up and non-solar back up systems.  The following provides a brief description so that you can better understand what you are potentially investing in.  ARTI Energy has pre-designed kits based on the most common needs we are asked to meet, but we are available to help you size a specialized system to meet your needs:

240 Watt solar panels

Solar System:

is a “stand alone” system designed to be used independent from Tanesco relying solely on solar power to charge the batteries.  Each solar option is sized for a specific load.  The solar system generally includes the solar panel(s), charge controller, batteries, inverter and lights, plus the wires and other installation accessories.  The cost includes installation accessories and labour up to the main switch only.  If wiring does not exist in the house the customer must either install the wiring or ask us for the additional cost for wiring.

Charge controller (left) regulating the solar energy to the battteries

Solar Back-up Systems:

are systems that use both solar power and Tanesco to charge the batteries.  The system automatically switches to the batteries when the Tanesco power is cut.  The solar panels provide charging to the batteries during the day thus saving the battery capacity for the night.  The solar back-up system generally includes solar panel(s), charge controller, batteries, an inverter/charger, change over switch, lights, plus the wires and installation accessories.  During the installation the technician organizes the main switch between loads that are powered with “Tanesco ON” and loads with “solar back-up ON”.  If the house is only single phase an additional main switch will need to be installed for the solar back-up system.

Back-up Systems:

are the same as the solar back-up systems but without the added power supply of the solar panels to charge the batteries.  Therefore, when the Tanesco power is cut the back-up system will only have the power available in the batteries (total 6-8 hours) for use during the day and during the night.  While the cost may be less than the solar back-up system the back-up system does not provide “free” power during the day and has more wear and tear on the batteries.

Inverter/Charger turns on automatically when the power cuts

To get a free quote for a back-up system at your home or business, please email or call us at +25571 649 2712