Off-grid 77 – Could Solar Giveaway Destroy Kenya’s Off-grid Market?

Thursday April 14th, 2016 - Smart Villages

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On the stage of the Lighting a Billion Lives Convention in Delhi India, Smart Villages has announced Naturetech Infra as the winner of the Smart Villages Off-grid Energy Impact Competition for India.

Naturetech Infra was found to be outstanding in terms of what it has already achieved and in the potential scalability of its approach. The social enterprise provides sustainable, holistic and integrated Solar Energy Solutions to rural Indian households and has developed proprietary smart solar grid technology to benefit rural villages.

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