- Powerhive is the first privately licensed utility in Kenya and operates approx. 25 village-level microgrids.
- The company uses solar panels to generate electricity and stores it in batteries for use at night.
- But when the company started, they quickly realized that their customers are too poor to pay for energy. How are they solving this problem?
A rural village in Kenya might not be the first place you’d expect to find electric motorcycles, internet service, and thriving local businesses, but a solar-powered mini-grid is making it all possible. U.S.-based energy startup Powerhive is on a mission to supply clean power to rural communities around the world, bringing economic opportunity without the need for fossil fuels.
When the company started, they quickly realized that their customers are too poor to pay for energy. So how are they solving this problem?