What is an Energy Hub?
An Energy Hub is a free-standing structure located near the centre of a fishing community. Solar panels are placed on its roof and these are connected to a control box below. Cables run from the Energy Hub to nearby buildings and supply electricity to the residents, fishermen, and business owners.
Each Energy Hub has a capacity of between 1.5kw and 2.0kw, and can provide power to as many as 50 buildings. By increasing the number of solar panels on each Hub, more solar energy can be captured, and more people can be supplied with electricity.
How do people access electricity?
Each Energy Hub is owned and managed by the community. A tariff system is charged for each connection, and the energy use is paid for on a pay-as-you-go basis.
The money is collected in a community bank account which can be used for any future maintenance, replacement, or expansion, and ensures the long term sustainability of the project. Community members receive training on how to best use the energy and how to take care of the equipment.