The story about 2 Mites/SunErgy is traveling around the world getting more and more attention. Among other things, it was featured on the home page of Climate Action. Quote from the article: “Some referred to the project as “mission impossible”, but it came possible together with the local people of Bokosso, the employees of SunErgy Cameroon, the government of Norway represented by NORAD, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Energy Division), GIEK, EksportKreditt and various world leading equipment suppliers.”
Dr. Skjørshammer has been named International Visiting Professor at Bamenda University of Science and Technology, School of Business (BUST) at Bamenda, Cameroon.
“I take this as a great honour,” Dr. Skjørshammer says continuing “we have developed a good cooperation with BUST over the years”. BUST is a leading private university in Cameroon. The university experiences a tremendous increase in number of students from all parts of Africa. Among other things, students can have bachelors and master degrees in entrepreneurship and renewable energy. As for me, I am looking forward to be affiliated with both programs.”
Work has already started and well under way in the next thee villages, including 3,600 homes, plus businesses, schools, health centres, etc. “We are presently signing up people who want to connect to the electricity network. It is fantastic. People are lining up in queues, waiting to sign up. And who would not”, says Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon. “For less than the cost of one beer you can enjoy electricity, cableTV and Internet in your home or business”.
With kind regards,
Stein Skjorshammer, PhD
Ole Hallvard Haugen
Chairman Board of Directors
SunErgy, the sister company of 2 Mites, had the privilege to be selected member of the month by Norwegian African Business Association. “We feel greatly honoured and thankful,” said Haugen and Skjørshammer, the founders of the company.”We have worked hard and diligently during the past years providing solar power, CableTV and Internet to the off-grid villages in the tropical rainforest of Cameroon. However, this is just the beginning. If we can do it in Cameroon, we can do it all around the world, enabling people to escape property, moving into a brighter and prosperous future,” the two concluded. Full details, please see NABA`s home page: www.naba.dk
On July 27 CNN hosted a program about electricity in Africa on CNN/Marketplace Africa, featuring the United Nations and the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In the program Annan talks about the needs and the opportunities related to solar energy in Africa, comparing Africa`s energy situation to the Industrial Revolution. To watch the show on CNN please go to http://edition.cnn.com/videos/intl_tv-shows/2015/07/27/spc-marketplace-africa-green-energy-b.cnn .
On June 15 The Guardian hosted an article by Larry Elliott on “Group headed by Kofi Annan urges west to help Africa fund solar panels” .To read the article, please go to http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/05/group-headed-by-kofi-annan-urges-west-help-africa-solar-panels
Both articles strikes right in the heart of the mission and activity of SunErgy and 2 Mites, namely that access to affordable electricity will enable millions of people to escape poverty, moving towards a better and brighter future! “In the first phase 600 000 people, plus schools, health centers, businesses and government agencies in the Southwest corner of Cameroon are included” Dr. Skjørshammer, Managing Director of SunErgy and 2 Mites says, continuing “our plan is to in the near future extend our activity to other parts of Cameroon and Africa. We have been contacted by a number of African countries wanting us to come. The technology together with a viable and sustainable business model makes it possible”. “There are no good reasons why this can not and should not be done” adds Mr. Ole Hallvard Haugen, Chairman of Board of Directors of the company.”
These (and other) reports show that SunErgy and 2 Mites are right on target with its African off-grid development activity. This was also the reason given to SunErgy when invited as one of 20 companies, on a global scale, to showcase itself and its activities at the UNEP Conference in Nairobi in June last year.
When reading the article or seeing the program, please keep SunErgy and 2 Mites in mind.
The first solar power station has arrived and was installed in Bokosso on June 10th. According the Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director of Sunergy Cameroon: “The plan is for the plant to turn on the lights in last week of June. Work is going according to schedule. I am confident we will meet the deadline for Bokosso after which we will continue to a next village. Altogether we plan to “electrify” six villages this year. By 2018 all 92 villages in the project should be up and running.”