By Wiebe Boer
In February 2021, Juliet Ehimuan, the Director of Google West Africa discovered Usman Dalhatu, a university student and the CEO of Dalsman Tech who had developed an innovative solar-powered maishayi kiosk.
After a successful application, Usman Dalhatu was accepted into the All On and The Rockefeller Foundation funded Nigeria Climate Innovation Center’s 2021 off grid energy incubation programme.
During the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center pitch session for the twenty finalists in the 2021 cohort earlier this week, Dalsman Tech was selected as one of the eight winners of the $10,000 start-up grant. The funds will be used to scale up the production of the solar-powered kiosks for distribution to kiosk franchise owners in Kaduna, Kano, FCT, and Abuja.
This brilliant innovation is highly scalable and can lead to a much cleaner energy source for tens of thousands of maishayi stands across Nigeria.
This is one of many examples of clean energy innovations developed by young Nigerian entrepreneurs that will help drive the country’s energy transition from within.
Wiebe Boer, PhD, is the CEO of All On.