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Energy Made in Uganda (EMIU) is a community-based organization located in Mpigi, Uganda. EMIU’s goal is to goal is to create a fully supported and maintainable solar energy infrastructure for the people of Uganda. Our Frugal Innovation Lab engineers partnered with EMIU and four local Ugandan students to train them in solar manufacturing, installation and servicing. The specifics of their efforts can be found here.
As part of the project, our engineers developed a new electronic system, and trained the Ugandan students on how to maintain the panels in an efficient, affordable and serviceable manner.
We love this project because it addresses an emerging market need that assists the Ugandan economy by increasing its human capital through education. By helping Uganda invest in the education of its people, the partnership between Energy Made in Uganda and the Frugal Innovation Lab will help create more sustainable, long-term economic growth.
We also think it is important to highlight the environmental benefits of this kind of project. Uganda’s initiative to focus on clean, sustainable energy for their country is great news for environmentalists out there. It isn’t exactly a well-kept secret that emerging markets are some of the greatest contributors of pollution and greenhouse gases in the world.
The Frugal Innovation Lab isn’t passing judgment here, we understand the need for energy by any means in emerging markets. It is an important step in the evolution of a country’s economy. But, that doesn’t mean that pollution and greenhouse gases can be dismissed as a necessary evil.
If projects like Energy Made in Uganda can be proven to be effective, reliable and sustainable models for energy in emerging markets, there may be the potential for these markets to leap frog the fossil fuel stage of energy dependence and immediately become a part of, and maybe even a global leader in the use of renewable energy.
Thanks again for reading,
The Frugal Lab Team