MicroCare: 12V Informal Settlement Power Supply (State Department)
Residents of informal communities in Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province need electricity as well as jobs. Solar component manufacturer Microcare makes sure they have both by training and employing local workers, while manufacturing hardware for off-grid and grid-connected solar power.
“We made it a mandate from day one to employ local people only,” says the company’s marketing manager, Gareth Burley.
Simple solar energy systems like those manufactured at Microcare are solutions for areas not served by the regular electricity grid.