The project PERER (Promotion of Rural Electrification through Renewable Energies) has aimed to improve the capacity of the Rural Electrification Agency, ADER, and local private operators to define, plan and implement rural electrification projects, focusing on small hydro-power. In 2010, a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) project was initiated by PERER regarding the pre-electrification of remote villages with solar power. The current rural electrification scheme in Madagascar is based on privately operated insular systems. ADER grants investment subsidies to the private operators who recover their part of the investments and the operation and maintenance costs by contributions of beneficiaries. This scheme has proven successful (e.g. for hydro-power projects) but does not work in large parts of Madagascar where water resources are scarce. For these areas power presents a possible alternative. However, there were no established schemes in Madagascar how to apply the private sector approach to a (pre-) electrification with solar energy. The idea of the PPP project is to electrify the social infrastructure (key public services) and link this to the provision of electricity to selected private households with sufficient purchase power. With the support of SolarWorld (provision of panels) and TRITEC (technical planning, training, provision of solar equipment) two villages of Southern Madagascar were already pre-electrified in October 2011, two to four more villages will be (pre-)electrified in 2012 with the additional financing of ADER and a mining company.
|Location||Southern Africa, Madagascar|