Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
Our project structure and dissemination strategy imply benefits for a number of stakeholder groups, including local job holders, health clinic staff, and rural inhabitants served by these health care centers. We measure success in our ability to provide these benefits as well as our ability to provide a technologically sound product at an affordable price and believe that our project has succeeded to date in addressing the demands of each of these requirements.
Over the past five years, we have engaged with both the Government of Lesotho and local engineers and entrepreneurs to build a team of enthusiastic individuals who have worked with STG to build and install the many prototypes we have fielded since 2006. We have provided technical training, technology transfer, and employment to over 20 individuals during this time, including engineers, technicians, and vocational interns.
Systems built and installed by this team have provided hot water and/or electricity to individuals at several locations, including Bethel High School (~300 students in boarding dorms), Ha Teboho Village (~200 people), and the Pilot Health Clinic (~50-80 patients/day, 2-5 staff living on site).
Our technology has been successfully engineered for local construction, to support our proposed distribution method, and can be provided at a cost that undercuts all of the competitors within this market. The standardized system size is appropriate for use at most rural health clinics and schools and, because of this, is immediately ready for use worldwide.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
We expect to bring this project to scale over the next three years, starting with expansion to a number of health clinics in Lesotho (in conjunction with local governmental and non-governmental partners) and proceeding to deployment in a second regional location. Training, technology transfer, and manufacturing design will allow these two partner ventures to take the product to scale, with approximately 30-50 installations expected per partner venture over the next 2-3 years. Our team has already completed a survey of the health care sector in a number of countries with appropriate solar resources, and we believe that the most promising expansion areas are India and China; networking and partner development within these markets has already been initiated over the past few years.