I am very proud to announce that our microgrid prototype, commissioned in early July, has now provided solar power autonomously in Lake Victoria for more than three months with 0 system outages and full real-time monitoring.
Check the live data out here: beta sample of our real-time monitoring system .
This technical success means we will in early November extend the system to 20 more homes and businesses, using the fund to which you so generously contributed.
We are also in the process of receiving a license for 2-2.5 MW, or roughly 250x the size of our prototype, to provide electricity access to many more in Kitobo and other islands across Lake Victoria.
We are excited about the opportunities ahead and very grateful to you all for believing in our work.
Scaling our microgrid systems in Lake Victoria and beyond, in concert with our industry partners, will require new levels of organizational infrastructure, planning, and public-private fundraising.
For those of you interested in continuing to take part in our work, via advisory or other roles, we will be in contact with opportunities to do so in November.
For now, I think many of you will enjoy, as others have, the linked video, also below, a visual diary of the June-July build, with wonderful music--the rights to which were generously donated by the musician, Rationale--and a great payoff.
All my best.
Director, New Sun Road
Energy and Resources Group, UC-Berkeley