Solar Sister Entrepreneur Akeri Ukpong at a product fair held by entrepreneurs on market day to showcase products to potential customers. Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.
The winners of the RTC 2023 are Solar Sister and their initiative to empower women to eradicate energy poverty.
Since 2010, Solar Sister has worked to fight energy poverty across this region by recruiting, training, and supporting women entrepreneurs as they create clean energy distribution businesses. Solar Sister Entrepreneurs sell products produced by trusted manufacturers, ranging from a small phone-charging lamp to larger solar home systems and clean cookstoves.
After over a decade of operations, Solar Sister remains the only organisation working at the intersection of women's empowerment, energy poverty and climate change in Africa. Solar Sister’s theory of change is that through developing women entrepreneurship, both the women entrepreneurs and their communities benefit from positive impacts in the areas of energy access, climate justice and gender equity.
Meet the 2021 Renewable Transformation Challenge winners Coldbox Store, who offer a solar-powered walk-in, commercial, refrigeration solution fighting food waste which is a significant driver in climate change, as 6% of all global greenhouse emissions come from the production of food that is never eaten. Watch a recording of the 2021 awards ceremony here.
Meet the 2019 Renewable Transformation Challenge winners - Team SUNSPOT here. Team SUNSPOT works to replace polluting fuels with a solar-powered home cooking system.
In 2017, the team at ME SOLshare won the first ever Renewable Transformation Challenge with their project "The Energiewende 3.0 - Smart P2P Solar Grids". ME SOLshare provides a peer-to-peer solar energy trading platform empowering individuals and SMEs to become solar entrepreneurs offering pay-as-you-go and cash-in-as-you-go electricity solutions to low-income households. ME SOLshare therefore has potential to play a crucial role in supporting rural development and providing a means of direct income to rural communities.
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