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Solafrica - Cameroon

Solar Square: A Community‐based Distribution and Leasing System for Pico‐powered Solar Lighting Systems

 

Contract: 2015.01
Photovoltaics

Solar Square: A Community‐based Distribution and Leasing System for Pico‐powered Solar Lighting Systems

Project Type :

Pilot Project

Technology :

Photovoltaics

Country :

Cameroon

Project State :

Ongoing

Project Start:

February 2015

End of Project: Planned 2016

Partner :

Solafrica, Bern, http://solafrica.ch, Elias Kost, Joel Jeanloz
Antenna Foundation Switzerland www.antenna.ch , taktwerk GmbH www.taktwerk.ch

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Swiss Contribution

Solafrica is a Non-Government Organization (NGO), which was founded in Bern, Switzerland in 2009. Its main objective is solar energy and energy efficiency promotion in Africa. Solafrica believes in the common development of economic growth and environmental protection. Antenna Foundation Switzerland is the most important partner regarding technological development. They have developed the innovative portable mini solar system Oolux; designed to meet the needs of the people living in off-grid areas. The company taktwerk GmbH plans and develops the ICT solution.

Description

More than half of the population in Cameroon has no access to the electricity grid. Thus, they have to rely on traditional and low-technology options to light homes and charge mobile phones. This project allows access to clean and cost-effective off-grid solar energy by using a community-based leasing and distribution system. Within the pilot test phase, it will be evaluated if the distribution and leasing system can be put into practice. This shall provide a versatile basis to decide whether the distribution and leasing system can be implemented in the form of a social business. Swiss partners, the local enterprise as well as the village corner shops and their customers are involved. In this pilot phase, 200 Oolux mini solar systems are tested; the village corner shops are trained in handling the ICT solution and in offering a comprehensive customer service. The required communication infrastructure is organized and the different economic key elements are evaluated.