There were multiple challenges this business owner/homeowner wanted to resolve. First, the public utility had extremely high electricity prices. They were tired of paying constantly increasing, monthly electricity bills for their home and agricultural business. Second, this family lived in a rural area outside of town, so the electricity the utility provided to their location was not always delivered at the intended voltage (voltage dropped at times from 220 VAC to 120 VAC). When this voltage drop occurred, this customer was not able to run all the equipment and appliances they wanted to. This significant limitation impacted daily life for the family, and efficient business operation. This is a common situation in this region for rural customers. This family sought out an energy solution to fix both issues with a solar system investment.
This Zimbabwe residence was connected to an unreliable utility grid, so the homeowners (age 70) faced challenges with power interruptions an average of 3 days per week. Their common power loads were indoor lights, outdoor security lighting, a refrigerator and deep freezer, along with water for home use and irrigation.
This farm owner purchased neighboring land to his existing farm to increase production yield. So, new irrigation was required for these 96 hectares of land. Initially, the farm owner contacted the municipal energy supplier to determine the cost and feasibility of a utility grid connection for the required irrigation system.
The business owner wanted to start a new chicken farm, and needed reliable, affordable access to power. This access would offer lights for the chicken farm/added security and heating lights for the baby chickens.Starting with an investment of 500 chickens, the health of the chickens was a concern with coal.