This Startup Is Providing 24-Hour Power Using Solar And Wind Technology


In sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricity — that’s 68% of the population, according to the International Energy Agency

And as Nigerians, I know you’ll agree with me that one of our top three problems is electricity. This long-standing bad situation has seen many of us increasingly turn to alternative means of power supply. And as awareness of alternatives spreads, there is the need to expand the usability to a wider audiences. Many existing solar initiatives only target rural communities.

(Photo: AFSEnergies)

African Sustainable Energies (AFSEnergies) is a company established to provide and distribute sustainable renewable energy to Nigerians, in both rural and urban areas. The company aims to do this by generating power from solar, wind, hydro, bio-fuel, and gas technology models. Currently though, they’re focused on power generation from solar and wind technologies.

Founded by Odim Francis, the company aims provide 24-hour electricity to homes and offices across Africa. According to Francis:

“We have recently developed a new, innovative and efficient Urban Dwellers (UD) and Rural Dwellers (RD) Solar System and Inverter System box for our clients. With the ever increasing demand for constant and stable power supply in Nigeria, the UD Series and RD Series eliminates the frustration from the shortages of power supply experienced from the National grid.

The UD series focuses on providing 24 hours power supply for your house at a very cost effective price, while the RD series focuses on the rural areas.”

The AFSEnergies devices come with one year warranty. They’ve been in operation since October 2016, and they have been able to complete several solar projects since then including a solar powered bore-hole and solar roofs for buildings.

However, AFSEnergies is not the only company working on clean, renewable energy sources. The company will have to compete with Lumos MTN, Yingli solar, Intellectric and Videst solar. The market is big enough for as many players as want to address this problem. All the existing companies have addressed less than 1 percent of this market combined.