Power to the people: micro-grids to boost women in informal trade

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Power to the people: micro-grids to boost women in informal trade

A Cape innovator has won an award to pilot a project bringing electricity to a poverty-stricken area

Senior science reporter

Jiska de Groot says her award “came out of left field”, but the researcher at the University of Cape Town is ready to roll up her sleeves and put the R10m awarded to her project to practical use.

The project, on which UCT is collaborating with the University of Exeter, was recently awarded the Chair’s Prize in the 2020 Newton Fund awards.

It will use solar micro-grids to provide electricity to a settlement of households and provide refrigeration to a group of women entrepreneurs in the informal settlement of Qandu-Qandu in Khayelitsha...

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