over 1.2 billion people are living without electricity
2.4 billion burn coal or wood inside their homes to cook
Energy poverty affects all areas of life; health, wellbeing and income.
The poor spend relatively 60-80 times more of their weekly budget on energy than those living in developed nations.
Collecting firewood for home cooking is a time consuming activity; where poor women in rural India spend on average one and a quarter hours a day, away from the village where they are more susceptible to violence. Globally, women are faced with similar challenges.
Health problems range from respiratory illness... to developmental complications in children to the risk of injury with open fires in the home. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 4.3 million people a year, mostly women and children, die prematurely due to household air pollution caused by inefficient use of solid fuels for cooking.
cleverHeart was founded to help deliver clean energy to the world's poor
Clean energy has an immediate and positive impact for those living off the electricity grid in rural villages... as well as the hinterland poor - those living in and around big cities.
Solar cooking and lighting eliminate harmful smoke in the home. Solar powered agri-processing and irrigation support food production. Solar powered industrial and handicraft machines empower people to increase their income and work themselves out of poverty.
The time saved over hand processing food crops to make household meals and collecting firewood can be better spent earning extra income for the family. Women in Vanuatu can earn as much as USD$1 per hour making handicrafts for tourist markets.
The World Bank estimates that for every $1 spent addressing energy poverty, results in a $15 increase in GDP.
IoT products designed for
PAYG solar providers
Domestic and agricultural solar is relatively expensive; a prohibitive up front expense for most people living in developing countries.
Many solar vendors in developing countries have adopted the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) model. PAYG vendors are looking to sell and finance a range of products; clean energy generation and storage, domestic lighting and appliances, agricultural machines, irrigation pumps and tools for light industrial and handicraft production.
cleverHeart develops internet connected monitoring and control products designed for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar vendors in developing countries. Near-real-time data is sent from hardware sensors in the field to the cloud, usually via the local GSM (3G/4G) network.
The cleverHeart cloud dashboard allows PAYG vendors to monitor their assets, financial and billing data etc. Machine learning helps with preventative maintenance. A modern API allows easy interchange for customer, financial, asset and impact data.
PAYG vendors often receive upstream finance from international development agencies, such as USAid, or impact funders... who increasingly demand near-real-time financial and impact data.
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