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SolarTurtle hatches an off-grid plan for informal traders

SolarTurtle hatches an off-grid plan for informal traders

In South Africa, the minister for higher education, science and innovation, Blade Nzimande, is set to unveil a new SolarTurtle initiative.

The minister will today [20 August] reveal the innovative BabyTurtle – an alternative energy project targeted at rural communities and informal traders, who are off the electricity grid.  

“The Department of Science and Innovation, through the South African National Energy Development Institute, is a partner in the BabyTurtle project. Government supports such projects as part of the Solar Energy Research, Development and Innovation Technology Roadmap,” the department said in a media statement.

The project, which will be launched virtually, is aimed at empowering informal traders and entrepreneurs across Africa, with a particular focus on enabling women and young people to generate an income.

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Source: EsiAfrica

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