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Bringing Clean Energy and Water to Off-grid Tanzania rural communities is a project implemented by UNDP Tanzania financed by UNDP HQ through Country investment facility.
The main purpose of the project is to bring clean energy and safe water to off-grid marginalized communities by introducing technological solution in selected localities in Singida region and islands in Ukerewe.
The technology is called ‘The Off-Grid Box’ (please see: https://www.offgridbox.com) which is a 6x6x6 feet shipping container, equipped with all the hardware needed to produce electricity and clean water.The application of this technology will help the communities to access clean energy and safe water for the first time in the aforementioned, areas.
This will be a pilot which could be replicated later in other localities facing similar challenges. A unit of the Off-Grid Box Technology can provide for up to 300 households which may have approximately 1500 people. This makes the project a transformative initiative, with a long-term impact on the affected communities’ livelihoods.
The Off-Grid Box technology is completely renewable and will be 36% more cost effective than diesel when used to generate electricity in off-grid areas. The electricity produced by one Off-Grid Box unit per year can eliminate the burning of 1.4 tons of diesel fuel (fossil fuel).
The impact of the project will be life long as it will incorporate sustainability approaches in its solutions of enabling communities to, for the first-time, access reliable clean energy, safe and clean water as well as sanitation.