Solar home system

The Solar Energy Foundation won the Ashden Award for electrification of rural areas with a small solar home system (SHS), powered using a photovoltaic module, to supply electricity for lighting and small appliances and replace kerosene lamps. A basic SHS includes 10 Wp PV module, 18 Ah battery, charge controller and up to four LED lights. Most components are imported, and assembled in Ethiopia.
A school has been set up to train solar technicians with installation, maintenance and business skills. Households pay a charge of about $1/month to cover maintenance and replacement of components.
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