Until recently, the 1200 inhabitants of Kalom, a village community in Senegal, had no access to electricity. Now a development partnership between Stadtwerke Mainz AG, its foundation ‘Energie für Afrika’ and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG), has succeeded in developing a solution to provide the village with power from agricultural waste.
The 32 kilowatt generator uses groundnut shells and dried millet stalks supplied by local farmers for fuel. The power station was built with EUR 200,000 of funding from DEG (the German Investment Corporation).
Those inhabitants of Kalom who are not connected to this local electricity network can use rechargeable mini solar modules or rent batteries. The villagers pay for electricity using a type of prepaid card. Once a month, in general, customers pay for their next four weeks of ‘electricity credit’.
In less than two years, the project partners have not only built a biomass power plant, but also provided on-site technical and business know-how. Local experts have been running the village power station on their own since 2012. In addition, villagers have been given training in how to safely handle electricity. The project is to serve as an example, demonstrating how a functioning "Dorfwerk" (a village power utility) which is based on the model of a German municipal energy supplier, can be established in a rural community in Senegal.
|Location||Senegal, West Africa|
|Value||EUR 200 Thousand|