Welcome to the SolarTurtle – An ultra secure solar kiosk for community electrification with a special focus on schools

The SolarTurtle delivers a sustainable impact via

  • Social Business model
  • Micro-franchising for less privialged communities
  • Renewable Energy technology
  • Solar battery charging station
  • Solar spazashop stocked with energy efficient devices
  • Secure container based solution

Why SolarTurtle?

In crime ridden areas across Africa traditional solar PV solutions have failed. The solar panels are typically stolen within a few months of deployment. The problem is so bad that the Gauteng provincial government was prepared to dismiss solar power as a possible electricity solution for schools and community centres. However, we can do something about this!

The SolarTurtle is Solar Kiosk designed for unparalleled security and maximum portability. These container based solar kiosks are assembled off site then deployed by simply offloading the container and unfolding the panels towards the sun.

The SolarTurtle feeds just like a turtle. In the morning when it is safe the panels unfold from their secure location to feed from the rays of the sun. In the evening when it is unsafe the panels fold away into the hard shell of the container.

The SolarTurtle sells electricity by the bottle. A Recycled plastic bottle is cut in half and a battery is inserted. The lid of the bottle is converted into a 12V cigarette lighter socket. This simple design allows communities to build and maintain their own battery packs.

SolarTurtle with solar panels fully deployed can power hundreds of rural households

The SolarTurtle’s unique design not only addresses the problem of cumbersome community installations in remote areas but also the vandalism that’s a harsh reality of many off-grid communities. The SolarTurtle is scalable and portable allowing it to fit any customer’s needs. However, the true beauty of this business model is the enterprise development options available. We do not just give power: We empower! Through community engagement we ensure that the product is protected by the locals as they are the true beneficiaries of the SolarTurtle.