DONE!

I am happy to share a few pictures from the “Grand Opening” of Kotto 1.

We have to admit that Kotto 1 was a tough one! The grid covers more than 3 square kilometers brining electricity and cable TV to some 3 500 people.  As far as we know it is, if not the largest, certainly one of the largest off-grid village solar power systems in the world and for sure, in the rain forest. It was a real challenge. We worked diligently and at the absolute fringes of our knowledge. But we succeeded! It`s done!

At the “Grand Opening”, the chief of Kotto 1 said, “today we live our forefathers dreams. What they dreamt about and hoped for generations, but never got to see, we experience. Now we can live as other people in the world! Darkness is gone. Light is here and with it a brighter and better future!”

A team from HiTV was with us for a couple of days when switching on the electricity. As soon as the video is ready we will post!

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GETTING READY

Enclosed are the latest pictures from Kotho 1, taken today.

The pictures show the solar park and the batteries installed. We will start charging the batteries next week getting ready for September 8. Do we need to tell that the whole village is filled with excitement and expectations? 8 of September cannot come soon enough! Generations of waiting are over. Light is here. Hopes and dream coming through!

A big applause and salute to Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon and his team! They have been working hard and diligently under extreme condition, this being the rainy season.

Guys, we salute you! You are real heroes!

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VIDEO FROM KOTHO 1

September 8 will be a milestone day in the history of Kotho 1; they will have access to electricity, Cable TV and Internet.

Mr. Mike, Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon and his 30 member team are working hard and diligently to make a brighter and more prosperous future come through for the people of Kotho 1.

On our visit to Kotho 1 a couple of weeks ago, we were accompanied by a team from HiTV in Buea who made the following report for you to enjoy.

Please spread the good news. Let the world know!

See our video on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/JgWDNdaz3q0

 

GETTING CLOSER

On the 8 of September we will switch on electricity in Kotho 1 – the third village in the project.

Work is going full speed ahead with more than twenty people working in the village wiring homes, constructing the solar park and building the grid for electricity, cable TV and Internet.

The excitement and expectation is to be felt as soon as you arrive at the village; the dawn of a new day!

Enclosed are four pictures from Dr. Skjorshammers visit last week, showing young electrician going to wire a home, a home just being wired, pulling a 2000 meter cable for the grid from the solar power station to the road by hand and pulling 4000 meter cable constructing the grid using a car. Hard manual work! But then, we are deep into the rainforest! Not very sophisticated, but it works! The rainy season does not make it any easier. Soon September 8 is here and more than 100 years of darkness turns to light! More than 3 000 people will experience pure joy! Waiting is over!

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”WE WANT WHAT YOU HAVE IN EUROPE”

stressed a council member in one of the ”SunErgy villages” at my visit to the village last week. ”We are eagerly waiting for you to bring us more electrical household equipment. Now we have television and radio. Are able to charge our mobile phones. Please bring us the rest. We want what you have in Europe!”

My take from this is that as soon as people get access to electricity they also get a craving for all the amenities going along with electricity and which you and I take for granted, such as hot water boilers, hair dryers, cooking plates, refrigerators, etc. Everything, which improves life and make it easier; like us they want the good life! There is no difference.

Believe it or not, by the end of this year, we will have brought and installed an estimated 8 000 light bulbs, more than 1000 television sets and radios, hundreds of hot water boilers, hair dryers, shaving machines. More than hundred refrigerators, freezers and washing machines in addition to streetlights, computer rooms in schools, etc. The numbers are awesome with more (much more) to come as the project moves forward.

The council member did not ask for freebees. He did not beg. On the contrary, people pay for what they use or get, whether electricity, cable TV, Internet or any electrical household appliances. They buy!

People are willing to pay as we make it available. And we will!

SOLAR ELECTRICITY TO THE BORORO PEOPLE

On my last visit to Cameroon (May 13-22) SunErgy, a sister company to 2 Mites entered into an agreement to the tune of an estimated 23 million USD with the Bororo Fulani (tribe). The plan is that SunErgy shall provide 100 Bororo villages or 33 000 families with solar electricity, Cable TV and Internet.

The project is fully financed by the Republic of Cameroon and the Islamic Development Bank. Banja will serve as the pilot and when successfully up and running we will move to the other villages.

The Bororo people, who used to be nomadic herdsmen, occupy many parts of Central and West Africa. Today they mostly live in smaller villages such as Banja, still active in agriculture and cattle rearing.

The picture shows (right to left) Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon Mr. Mike Fohba, initiator and manager of the project Professor Alfred Ndi and Managing Director of SunErgy/2 Mites Dr. Stein Skjørshammer standing on a future solar plant site.

 

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