Less than 10% of the rural population of Mozambique has access to reliable power supply as they are not connected to the national grid. To tackle this situation, German off-grid specialist Phaesun GmbH launched a pilot project in 2010 to provide rural electrification to the parish of Pessene, approximately 50 kilometres from the capital city of Mozambique.
The project set out to provide households, small business enterprises and public institutions in Mozambique with solar energy through installation of Pico systems (small off-grid systems with a capacity of up to 10 watts). 50% of the €300 000 project cost was covered by Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG).
The first step of the project consisted of Phaesun establishing a sustained trader network for the distribution of the Pico systems alongside their project partner, Coseba, running training courses for 10 to 15 traders in the province of Sofala in the east of the country. Phaesun cooperation partner Sonnenplus GmbH trained 10 to 15 traders in the province of Maputo. Lectures on photovoltaic technology are now given to students of electrical engineering at the University of Maputo. A specially equipped classroom is available to give the students and dealers of solar system practical training. The project partners also provide the solar experts with basic commercial training and preliminary support in setting up independent solar enterprises. Solar shops and solar kiosks selling systems and renting out lamps have been established to promote local entrepreneurship.
By the end of the project in July 2013, 10 solar system dealers had been appointed in the provinces of Sofala and Maputo, 60 technicians and 40 students had been trained in solar technology and a training classroom had been set up in Maputo and training material had been developed.
|Location||Mozambique, Southern Africa|
|Value||EUR 300 Thousand|