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Users of our solar concentrators are rural businesses that currently rely on charcoal, firewood and unstable electric grids (for now, other uses are also possible).

Our machines can power bakeries, nut & bean roasteries, and fruit and fish drying businesses.

By using our technology daily, entrepreneurs save money and use charcoal or electricity only during rainy days. They breath cleaner air, have lower costs and are empowered with energy independence.

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The First Solar Bakery in Tanzania

Posted Friday 22 September 2017 by Heikki Lindfors.

Gosol arrived to Tanzania in June 2017, with the goal to replicate the success of the SOL5 solar concentrators that they had in Kenya and other countries. The very first oven was featured in Butiama Environmental Expo, where many visitors enjoyed this new technology and where it was visited by the vice president of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu.

The two first SOL5 solar concentrators in Tanzania came with a baking oven. And this solar oven has a design improvement: The user can put in a roasting drum, turning the oven into a peanut roaster.

Showcasing the SOL5 Hybrid Oven/Roaster device at the expo.

The SOL5 was first introduced to the users at the Butiama Environmental Expo. Monica and Joyce of the Alpha Women’s Group from Musoma, Tanzania, were baking all weekend and selling their solar baked goodies to visitors.

After the expo, the Alpha Women’s Group received the SOL5 solar concentrator to their compound. The group consists of ten women, who bake for themselves as well as sell to their neighbors in the suburbs of Musoma town. Musoma is the capital of the Mara region of Tanzania, and the town is located on a peninsula in the shores of Lake Victoria.

First solar baker of the country!

The Alpha Group has previously been baking for their own needs and for their neighbors. The group used to bake with charcoal 2-3 times a week. Until now, the baking hasn’t been a serious business endeavor. However, in their first weeks of solar baking, they increased their baking to five times per week. They don’t need to pay for charcoal anymore and they can buy baking ingredients instead. The elimination of fuel cost has increased their business productivity, and now they are selling more breads to more people, making the group the first real bakery business in their neighborhood.

Preparing the freshly baked solar bread for selling.

Buying charcoal is part of a poverty trap, and free solar energy creates new entrepreneurship.

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SOL5 Oven at UNHCR’s Offices at Kakuma Refugee Camp

Wärtsilä sponsors GoSol in Kenya and soon in Tanzania

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Project Posts

The First Solar Bakery in Tanzania

Gosol arrived to Tanzania in June 2017, with the goal to replicate the success of the SOL5 solar concentrators that they had in Kenya and other (...)
More.

Landing in Tanzania: Butiama Environmental Expo

When GoSol arrived in Tanzania in May 2017, the goal was to replicate the success our SOL5 has in Kenya among the local entrepreneurs. With (...)
More.

Fish dehydrated with solar energy at Bao Beach, Kenya

Food dehydration is an important part of food security and solar thermal tech is the perfect energy source to power food dehydration. In (...)
More.

Global Ressource Alliance: Our Partner in Tanzania

After a successful mission in Kenya, working with World Vision Finland and World Vision Kenya, and with sponsorship from Wärtsilä, we have piloted (...)
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1 Year After: Expanding Solar Bakery in Kenya

Thanks to Wärtsilä, our founding sponsor, we were back to Kenya, collecting a lot of data after 1 year of almost daily use of the SOL5 Oven by (...)
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Yier Ngima - Solar Peanut Butter

In this video we’re back at the Yier Ngima cooperative in Kenya, to follow up on their feedback after using the Sol5 for a (...)
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GoSol.org at Maker Fair 2017

Last weekend GoSol.org had a booth at Maker Fair Bay Area, sharing about our impact in Kenya and inviting people to our live showcase on May 25th (...)
More.

Preserving the green beauty with the power of the sun

Misire youth group is an agricultural community in Nyamira County in southwest Kenya. The area is known for its rich agricultural production. The (...)
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San Francisco Showcase, May 25th

Come and join us for delicious solar cookies as we demonstrate the Sol5 Solar Oven at Autodesk Pier 9 on May 25th! Experience the power of solar (...)
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You make the world a better place by working...

You make the world a better place by working together, and sometimes small local partners can provide the best value for the local people. Like a (...)
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Presenting Results and a New Application in Kisumu

Last Friday, on April 7th, at the World Vision Lake Region compound in Kisumu we presented 3 SOL5’s to around 65 representatives from a wide (...)
More.

Solar for All – From Vision to Reality

Today we are looking back at a year of intense R&D, prototyping, piloting and partnership building in Kenya, Finland and the US, taking us (...)
More.

Return to Solar Oven in Kenya

Thanks to the support of our founding sponsor Wärtsilä we are back Kenya since two months, following up on the pilot projects that we started in (...)
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Video Blog: OCTO, Autodesk’s Digital Fabrication Lab at Pier 9

Last week we had the opportunity to visit Autodesk’s OCTO lab. At the lab, Autodesk researches emerging methods of fabrication, looking at (...)
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Wärtsilä sponsors GoSol in Kenya and soon in Tanzania

All the GoSol.org team is happy to announce that Wärtsilä is now sponsoring our work to empower entrepreneurs in Kenya and in Tanzania. Check out (...)
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SOL5 Oven at UNHCR’s Offices at Kakuma Refugee Camp

This is the first time we demonstrated a SOL5 inside a refugee camp, marking an important milestone on our path to make solar energy more (...)
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