Dar es Salaam — Rural electrification continues to be a headache to the government and to the wananchi alike, however, as solar energy technology improves, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
"Many people are not connected to the national grid. They want power but they either cannot afford it or the infrastructure is not there. Connecting power is very expensive, starting with the poles and other materials.
"But, solar energy doesn't need poles as it is installed directly on people's houses wherever they are located. Solar energy is of great help to society, particularly in remote areas,"
This was explained by Ensol (T) Ltd executive director Hamis Mikate.
He says: "We have been offering the service for over 14 years now. Our goal has been to find the energy solution that increases the value to people's lives and the environment."
"We engage other stakeholders in our initiatives," said Mr Mikate.
He was speaking in the city here about the Africa Social Innovation Leadership Award offered to his firm by Africa Leadership Award, on December 9, 2015 at Le Meridian Hotel in Mauritius.
He says Ensol has installed solar power to various public institutions such as Idodi Secondary School in Iringa as well as taking part in the installation of solar-powered traffic lights in Bagamoyo.
Ms Annastazia Petro, a resident of Bagamoyo had this to say, "These days at least there is safety because it was terrifying during the night, it was total dark."