HEIG-VD - Cameroon

Rural Energy Platform

Contract: 2020.09

Rural Energy Platform

Project Type :

Pilot Project


Technology :


Country :



Project Status :


Project Start :

September 2020


End of Project :

Planned 2022

Partners :

HEIG-VD / IESE, Yverdon-les-Bains,, Jean-François Affolter

HEIG-VD_Kamerun_PER Modell_web.jpg

Swiss Contribution

The Institute of Energy and Electrical Systems (IESE) of the School of Management and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) will provide its expertise, particularly in overall system’s modelling and in training of Cameroonian technicians. The project’s implementation will be carried out in close collaboration with the National Technology Development Committee of the Cameroonian Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation (CNDT/MINRESI).


Cameroon’s rural areas, where about 50% of the country’s population dwells, still have less than 23% access to electricity and less than 45% access to clean drinking water. The proposed solution, the “Rural Energy Platform (REP)”, is an innovative solar power plant that greatly differs from the usual solar kiosks in that it also includes a drinking water distribution system, an energy utilities supply system, as well as space favourable to the creation of a market place. The pilot platform will be installed in the Mvan Nvog Nyengue locality of Akonolinga. A study and preliminary installation have already been carried out. In addition to the post-commission socio-economic analyses that will be achieved, the concept includes an educational dimension through exchanges between Swiss and Cameroonian engineers. This first project will thus allow the serial implementation of more REP platforms in other Cameroon localities having similar characteristics.