SERVICING OFF-GRID COMMUNITIES WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY
Zonke Energy is a growing social enterprise servicing
off-grid communities in Cape Town with renewable energy.
At Jabula in Cape Town, where we service an “informal”
settlement with basic electricity, we developed a scalable
business concept for an end to end renewable energy utility.
It is our ambition to further expand this concept into urban
Africa in order to service more poor communities with electricity.
VISION: To make a contribution towards the alleviation of energy poverty in Africa.
BACKGROUND: In Sub-Saharan Africa more than 580 million people have no access to grid electricity.
In South Africa 3.4 million households are still not connected to the national grid.
Affected households commonly locate in sparsely populated rural areas or in densely populated urban “informal settlements”.
The higher population density in the urban environment lends itself to cost-effective, sub-centralised micro-grids,
like the grid that we have installed at Jabula in Cape Town.