African Utility Week: The iShack project bringing energy to the poor

The African Utility Week is due to take place in Cape Town from 17-19 May at the CTICC. About 6000 professionals from local and African municipalities working in the fields of power and water are expected to attend this event.

The event allows visitors to network, share ideas, to learn from each others successes and failures and to learn about the new products on the market.

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to David Hees, Sustainable Enterprise Manager, Sustainability Institute Innovation Lab (SIIL) - The iShack Project.

Listen to the full conversation below:

Hees will be giving a talk about his great innovation in the utility sector where he uses renewable energy sources for rural electrification at the upcoming African Utility Week .

According to Hees, The iShack project was established with the aim to help people living in informal settlements to get alternative electricity, while they wait for municipal installation, which often takes years.

He says since 2014 they have managed to electrify about a 1000 shacks near Stellenbosch using renewable energy sources.

Hees is hoping that other countries will pick up on the idea and use it in their own countries.

What is unique about the iShack project is we focusing on urban informal settlements which are obviously becoming a big problem. And local government is having a hard time keeping up with that kind of development.

David Hees, The iShack Project
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