126, Harrison Leaf, Steama.co | Connect Mini-Grids to the Cloud

Mini-Grids are a way to connect more than a billion people to electricity.

We’ve grown used to the idea of “the internet of things,” big data, and wireless connectivity. But can these technological breakthroughs be used to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world? And, will that technology work in the most rugged and off-grid places on earth? That’s what Steama.co does.

On Social Entrepreneur, we’ve been looking at how the people around the world suffer from energy poverty can move up the energy ladder. When people don’t have access to reliable electricity, they use expensive, dirty fuels to power their lives. This hurts their health while keeping them trapped in poverty.

One answer is mini-grids, powered by clean energy sources such as wind and solar. But, mini-grid operators have unique challenges. But how does someone without a bank account buy electricity? How does the utility read a meter, turn on an account or track usage remotely?

Steama.co provides smart meters, wireless connectivity and a robust platform utilities can use to manage their system. Steama.co works in some of the most remote places on earth. Utilities can use Steama.co technology to aggregate data and to learn.

Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Harrison Leaf

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘My work is my protest.’ Harrison Leaf, @steamaco”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘We’ve gone out to the bush and designed in the place where it’s going to be used.’ Harrison Leaf, @steamaco“]

“We’re not the power company. We put the power company’s equipment, via our smart meters, onto the internet.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘It’s autopilot for mini-grids.’ Harrison Leaf, @steamaco”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘Search not just for success, but for failure.’ Harrison Leaf, @steamaco”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘Apply the scientific method.’ Harrison Leaf, @steamaco“]

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About the Author
Tony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

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