Supply & infrastructure of electricity vary significantly in developed versus developing country. In western world it’s not uncommon to find out a fully electrified nation serviced through smart grid electricity.
Conversely in developing countries even in metros and sub-urban prolonged load shedding is a cliche in daily life. It remains a dream to connect remote & rural areas to conventional electric power supply. An example is Zambales province in Philippines, just within 100 miles of Manila, contains houses outside the reach of grid electricity. Tropical storm, typhoon and flood put power supply in jeopardy. The vast terrains of mountains & ragged coastal lines bring additional accessibility problems.
REEF tries to find out cost effective and sustainable ways relying on alternative energy source to address the challenge. The Family First Program is the first step to install photo-voltaic solar panel to meet the energy need of the rural households.
By Manimala Kumar