Solar Cow 4 Impact combined education and energy access by providing solar power through portable batteries at rural schools in Kenya.
P4G provided the partnership with $100,000 in catalytic grant funding.
The partnership aimed to meet the challenge of ensuring clean, affordable and accessible energy to all by providing families with portable batteries, “solar milk,” which connect to solar charging stations, “solar cows,” installed at local schools. This encouraged families to send their children to school for portable batteries. Solar Cow 4 Impact tested their model at two sites in Kenya.
Due to COVID-19, the partnership only reached 58 households, and with schools closed indefinitely, school enrollment and attendance could not be monitored. Still, the partnership reduced the use of kerosene and dried cell batteries and created jobs for four teachers, two at each school, to support project-related activities.
The study aims to better understand rural, low-energy access consumers’ consumption and perception of lighting and phone-charged energy sources before and after the project’s installment. It will serve as a basis for developing a sustainable business model that is able to provide energy solutions sustainably.