After the solar street lamp, lighting houses in Africa is the latest challenge set by the Gironde start-up Sunna Design, present at COP 21 and involved in a fundraising campaign to finance the project.
Sunna Design on the Bordeaux Ecoparc, created in 2011 and specialized in the design, manufacture and marketing of LED solar street light solutions in emerging countries, has become a major player in international markets with its solar street lamps which are able to withstand the high temperatures in tropical countries and at the same time optimize energy storage according to the weather.
The start-up is now developing a revolutionary solution to provide electricity to African homes, using solar energy.
While 900 million people in Africa live without access to electricity, Sunna Design is looking to connect solar street lamps to nano-networks enabling residents to benefit from an LED lighting service within their home and to recharge small electronic devices such as telephones.
The clients of these nano-networks can pre-pay for their lighting using their mobile telephone, according to their needs and means.
To finance this project and to equip 1500 homes in Senegal, the start-up is seeking €300,000 on the Lendosphère website. This crowdlending campaign (crowdfunding through loans) will run until 3rd January.
With turnover of 3 million euros and 30 employees, with this project Sunna Design may create fifteen or so R&D engineering positions within one year.
(Source: Le Journal des Entreprises 3/12/15; Sud Ouest 20/11/15)