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2021 Market Entry Analysis

2021 Market Entry Analysis

Of the 800 million people living without energy today, roughly 60% will remain unenergised by 2030 if we don’t deploy off-grid solutions at scale.The State of the Market - 2021 If you’re in the energy access space, you’re probably sick to death of hearing about these...

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Battery Power-Sharing

Battery Power-Sharing

The Pod now enables transmission of underutilized battery power to wherever it’s most needed at night.It is with great pride that we celebrate one of our most eagerly anticipated features of all time: battery power-sharing (we’ll refer to it as BPS from now on). BPS...

Taking Over React Apps with Dodgy Dependencies

Taking Over React Apps with Dodgy Dependencies

I dare you to do two things in a React codebase of your choosing: Install an innocent progress bar module npm install nprogres/nprogress Add this import anywhere in the codebase import NProgress from 'nprogress'You’ll find that 5 seconds after loading the page, the...

What Productive Power Looks Like

What Productive Power Looks Like

How a village that isn’t connected to the national grid, is using clean cooking, selling face masks and tested e-bikes.Having reliable energy infrastructure is a fundamental step towards giving people the same opportunities that most of us already have. Without...

How Mobile Billing Works at Okra

How Mobile Billing Works at Okra

When energizing the hardest-to-reach parts of the world, the very act of collecting money is more complicated than it looks.Mobile money is complicated Even with the rise of so many digital banking solutions, many designed specifically for unbanked rural communities,...

Another Win for the Last Mile in Cambodia

Another Win for the Last Mile in Cambodia

The community of Steung Chrov village is transforming the way we think about last-mile electrification through their adoption of novel technology.“In my village, 77 households have been set up [with power]. This project really benefits people and there are other...

Embedding Grafana using an auth proxy with Auth0

Embedding Grafana using an auth proxy with Auth0

Our web app at Okra Solar had a requirement that seemed incredibly simple but turned out to be a bit tricky. We wanted to embed a Grafana dashboard for our electricity distributor partners in Cambodia/Philippines so that they can see key metrics about their customer’s...

2020 Q1 – Wiping the Sadness Off Our Bums

2020 Q1 – Wiping the Sadness Off Our Bums

It really burns that some people don’t have access to toilet paper in Australia. We feel for them and we also feel for the 900 million people who still don’t have access to electricity around the world. So at Okra we've spent the last few weeks wiping the sadness off...

2019 Q4 – Shoutout to the Future

2019 Q4 – Shoutout to the Future

Quick Facts 65 % of the jobs children entering primary school today will be doing when they graduate, don't even exist yet. The highest-paid Youtube earner this year was an 8-year-old child reviewing toys & he pulled in more than $26 million. Achievements for 2019...

The Okra Whirlwind – A Startup Story

The Okra Whirlwind – A Startup Story

To all future team members, friends, or anyone coming across our path, I hope these anecdotes begin to tell our story and reveal the captivating experience of being part of this company. My journey as a core engineer on this team has been filled with excitement,...

From Concept to Reality – Engineering Innovation

From Concept to Reality – Engineering Innovation

As the firmware engineer (and more) here at Okra, I want to share with you how we built one of the first distributed solar microgrids and the engineering complexities we faced along the way. We are proud of our technical triumphs and engineering innovation, but they...

Life Before Electricity and the 1.2 Billion Who Still Live It

Life Before Electricity and the 1.2 Billion Who Still Live It

Sorry if this post is a mess but I wanted to learn a fair few things before posting, and the rambled train of thought that proceeds reflects the order and content of research I was conducting. So why the hell am I in Cambodia right now? And how have I managed to drag...