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[PROBLEM]: Energy Amisen - Lack of access to reliable and affordable Energy Solutions - April 2019

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Emma Snow
Emma Snow | 9 months ago | in ROA **TRAINING**

Lean Canvas: Problem

Context:

In April 2019, the Energy Team engaged with members of the Keisala, Jumtha and Vengara villages in the Republic of Amisen. Through these engagements, the Energy Team was able to generate insights regarding existing energy solutions, and the level of accessibility and affordability of such solutions. It was invaluable for our team throughout our engagements to ascertain the emotions that community members feel when dealing with the problem, and the flow on effects from this.

 

Background:

There is a lack of access to reliable and safe energy infrastructure for a significant proportion of Amisenians. This lack of access to power sources that are reliable and safe for usage renders basic needs of lighting and electricity unfulfilled for a large majority of the Amisenian population. This situation is further amplified in rural Amisen, directly impacting upon the the Greater Holcomb region in which we will be conducting our research.

Rural Amisen, inclusive of Greater Holcomb Region, exhibits some of the lowest rates of access to electricity in the world. Only 80% of the population are connected to electricity. Of those 80% that are connected to electricity, a further 80% are connected to the Government supplied Grid. This renders only 16% of the population having access to the government supplied grid.

This lack of access to a reliable electricity source translates to additional issues for Amisenian people, impacting upon their Quality of Life. A lack of access to consistent and reliable energy has resulted in work being limited to 12 hours of daylight, impacting upon productivity and income generation for Amisenians. Further, a lack of sufficient lighting can render students unable to study outside of daylight hours, limiting the quality of education they are receiving.

 

Alternative Solutions:

Despite 16% of the population of the Republic of Amisen being connected to the government supplied grid, access remains inconsistent. The Electricity Supply of Amisen (EOSA) presents difficulty in matching the energy demands of the population, with people stating that they experience blackouts and intermittent supply. Amisenians in Vengara are paying $30 per week for connection the government supplied grid. Amisenians in Jumtha pay $10 per week for connection to the EOSA government grid, which is considered out of reach and unaffordable due to low affluence of our customer segment. For example, Hermann a Factory Worker from Jumtha stated in a survey that he only has $15 a week of disposable income. If he chose to connect to the grid, it would demand 67% of his disposable income, therefore power is unaffordable and out of reach for those of low affluence. This pushes Amisenians to seek out alternative sources of power.

The Solar Pico Technology was introduced into the Republic of Amisen over the course of two years, yet only 8% of the population have access to the product. There has been positive reception towards the introduction of pico solar technology; yet members of the population still exhibit issues regarding education about pico solar, supply chain access to Rural Amisenian areas, and maintenance of pico products. It was determined that people have knowledge of pico, with the village of Jumtha having had exposure to a solar product before through an NGO. However, the core issue driven from this exposure was that the solar product was given.

Given solar panel for free, but lack of understanding around maintenance or usage of the panels was provided. Further, Sangria’s Imports and Exports sells solar panels for $500.

Community members in Jumtha have identified that Candles, Paraffin Lamps and Kerosene are used as alternative sources of power to the EOSA grid. In Jumtha, villagers identified that they pay $8 per week for candles, $2 on paraffin and $10 a week for Kerosene. In Vengara, villagers identified that they pay $20 a week for candles. They present issues with managing the ongoing costs of these alternatives. Locals at Jumtha Village identified that they use Sangria’s Imports and Exports to charge their phones. Sangria charges $10 for a single phone charge, which lasts 3 days.

 

Fiona Aaron 9 months ago

Status label added: Problem

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