The Rural Energy Access Project (REAP)
The Rural Energy Access Project is the lighting and heating component of RUWES developed to bring affordable energy solutions to the underserved and underprivileged rural dweller. The average rural inhabitant has no access to electricity or electric solutions to improve on the quality of life. They rely mostly on sunlight during the day and kerosene lamps or candles at night, these impacts very negatively on health by exposing them to black carbon and PM2.5 and economic disadvantage, leaving them in a constant vicious never-ending cycle.
The REAP employs the vehicle of small renewable energy appliances which provide lighting and mini electric solutions to the most energy poor in the Nation. These appliances include but are not limited to Solar lighting kits, solar barbing kits, solar sewing machines and more. The REAP aims to use the earth’s abundant natural resources to positively affect the lives of the rural poor.
REAP is proposing a reduction in our National emission factor (by using clean, energy efficient LED bulbs) and introducing Household Stand-Alone Solar kits (pay-as-you-go inclusive) to replace incandescent bulbs, single-wick kerosene and Oil wicks/lanterns and small generators in rural areas. This will consist of a television set (19”, 21”, 28” or 32”), a fan, a mobile phone charging port and 2-4 LED bulbs.
The goal of the project is to ensure affordable and sustainable clean energy access to the rural poor and reduce black carbon emissions by;
- Phasing out single-wick kerosene lighting and oil lamps through the introduction of small off-grid lighting systems that use light emitting diodes (LEDs).
- Provision of Household Stand Alone Solar Solutions (solar lights, barbing kits, grinding machines etc)
- Lead the rest of Africa on the kerosene lantern phase-out in schools by 2020
- Provide clean and healthy alternative for heating during harmattan in Northern States to replace firewood and charcoal.
- Introducing Household Solar Lighting and Entertainment systems of different price range for off-grid communities.
The success of the REAP is best exemplified by the installation of solar home systems to 600 households in Mutum Biu, Gassol LGA of Taraba State. The provision of the solar home systems to the off-grid LGA instantly reduced crime rate, improved and extended commercial operating hours, stimulated children study groups and changed the lives of the inhabitants.