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access:energy needs your help to build the first solar powered smart microgrid....on a remote island in East Africa....Power to the People!
George Potts
4 Team Members


Life Without Power

Known locally as "Slum Island" and crammed from end to end with shanty structures, Remba Island is a treeless strip of land on the Kenya-Uganda border of Lake Victoria.

Remba’s isolation means power, clean water and health services are poorly developed, scarcely distributed and extremely expensive. As a result, disease prevalence is high and daily activities are a great challenge.

Remba supports a population of 5,000+ fishermen who sail in search of the large fish catches no longer available nearer the mainland. Locals say the island can only support its population because inhabitants fish (and sleep) in shifts.


Mobile Enabled Micro Grid

access:energy’s micro grid will convert the abundant sun and wind on the island into life-changing electricity to power lights, refrigerators, mobile phones and other appliances.

The installation will be remotely controlled and monitored through cloud software and smart meters developed by access:energy. No cash changes hands - connected 

customers use their mobile phones to top up pre-paid units of energy on individual lines.


The more we raise, the more we build!

  • $10,000

    • 1 x 3.5kW energy hub = 50 x homes connected

  • $20,000

    • 2 x 3.5kW energy hubs = 100 x homes connected

  • $30,000 (target)

    • 2 x 3.5kW energy hubs = 100 x homes connected

    • 1 x ice making plant =  ice for chilling fish

  • $50,000

    • 2 x 7kW energy hubs = 400 x homes with power

    • 1 x ice making plant = ice for chilling fish


Fast Company


Al Jazeera


One of the most exciting aspects of this project is the technology which enables us to bring a mobile energy payment system to one of the most remote corners of Kenya. We are partnering with companies such as Africa's Talking, a mobile communications specialist based in Kenya, to make this possible.

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raised by 70 people in 1 month
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$30,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on September 1, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Tune In to the Island

    Log in to a unique view of the Remba project through access:energy's online portal. "Meet" the people on the island and see their energy data update in real time as they use electricity. We won't spam you, promise. You just log in when you want to.

    11 claimed
  • $25USD

    A handmade piece of renewable energy art, made on Remba and inscribed with a name of your choice. The perfect small desk item or inspirational gift

    5 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $35USD
    Hunky Kenyan Mechanic Calendar

    Back by popular demand - the Hunky Kenyan Mechanic Calendar, featuring the access:energy team and semi-naked Jua Kali all stars.

    9 claimed
  • $50USD
    Interrupted Portrait of Sam

    Photographs of Sam, the film protagonist. Limited edition and autographed by the man himself, each photograph is a real half-printed original from the photo booth in the film.

    3 out of 10 claimed
  • $80USD
    Set of 3 Photographs

    3 x photographs from the Remba film shoot printed in 12" format - by Travel Photographer of the Year James Morgan

    6 claimed
  • $100USD
    Framed Copper Circuit Boards

    Ornamental bitHarvester circuit boards fresh from access:energy's prototyping process, as shown in the film. Beautiful, intricate and completely hand made.

    7 out of 10 claimed
  • $350USD
    bitHarvester developer kit

    Pre-order your own bitHarvester prototype and help access:energy develop the technology used on the Remba Island Micro Grid for your own application. Monitor and control anything you can imagine remotely. Comes with customisable inputs and outputs, a free account on access:energy's cloud bitHarvester platform and direct contact with access:energy's robotics team.

    1 out of 100 claimed
  • $500USD
    Large Format Photograph

    Your choice of any photograph from the Remba film shoot printed in professional quality 20" format - by Travel Photographer of the Year James Morgan We'll email you with the selection.

    1 out of 30 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Sponsor a Turbine on Remba

    Adopt and name your very own wind turbine. We'll send a birth certificate and photographs of her big install day on Remba Island. Send a photograph of anything you like (within reason...) and we'll stencil it on the rudder! Comes with a free "Tune In to the Island" account as above with live energy generation data, photographs and testimonials from Remba Islanders.

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Guided Tour of Costa Del Remba

    Explorer's trip for two - see the island first hand, guided by the access:energy team. Visit access:energy HQ in Kenya, stay at a luxury country lodge on nearby Mfangano Island and take a day trip to Remba Island Itself. All in-country expenses covered. International airfare not included.

    0 out of 1 claimed
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