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Project funded by the European Union
What is Solar Energy Project?
It is a project that provides a sustainable source of energy to a total of 18,000 people and is a source of environmentally friendly income for a total of 40 community-based organizations in the Districts of Quissanga and Anucabe in the province of Cabo Delgado.
The Solar Energy project is implemented by ADPP Mozambique, in partnership with TERI and the Gaia Movement, with funding from the European Union.
What is the purpose of the project?
Many rural areas of Mozambique have no access to electricity and rely on traditional methods, such as wood and oil lamps to provide lighting at night. Besides of being more expensive, producing unhealthy fumes which are hazardous for domestic use, especially for children, the use of firewood and oil are harmful to the environment.
It is in this background that the Solar Energy Project aims, in general, to promote access to quality energy based on clean and sustainable energy at an affordable price and provide better lighting and a smoke-free home environment for families in rural areas of the country. The project also encourages related small scale business, thus offering increased livelihoods.
How does it work?
A total of 40 solar charging stations, each with 60 solar lanterns and solar panel were established in Ancuabe and Quissanga in Cabo Delgado Province.
To ensure the sustainability of the Project, charged lanterns are rented by families at a price of 5 MT. Each charged lantern supplies enough electricity for at least two nights.
They were also trained 40 entrepreneurs selected by the communities to work as managers of solar energy stations and 200 small business entrepreneurs contribute to the economic development of localities.
Thanks to lanterns, local families now have lighting at night so children can do their homework and their adult household chores, even after dark. The extra lighting also allows literacy classes and various income generating activities can take place at night.
Results of the Project
- 2,460 lanterns are being used daily for domestic lighting and small commercial establishment;
- 3,240 children benefit from nighttime lighting to study and do their homework after dark;
- Reduction of respiratory disease caused by inhaling smoke, as the beneficiaries of the project no longer use coal, wood and oil as energy sources for lighting;
- The stations are used for recharging mobile phones;
- Improved delivery of services through the use of lanterns by matrons / midwives;
- Teachers use lanterns for lessons planning, correcting tests and preparation of agendas after dark;
- 40 Entrepreneurs of solar energy stations + 200 small business entrepreneurs with improved living conditions due to the income generated by the rental lanterns business and the use of lanterns to develop their business after dark (in tents sale, preparation of pastries and cookies to sell the next day).
“Now I can work at night”
“I use lanterns at night to make bread and pastries and the next morning I take them to the local market to sell.”
Maiassa Nsagi, user of solar energy station in Nacololo, Ancuabe
“The lanterns are helping”
"I am happy with the service that I provide to my clients, first because they like the lanterns and they are helping because then I can also do something with that money and invest in other important things in my life."
Tropa Assane, Solar energy station Manager in Namange, Quissanga
"The price is affordable”
"I rent the lanterns because the price is affordable when compared with the oil that we've been using, in which 5 MT was not enough to use even for 1 day for lighting."
Yale Laina, user of Solar energy station in Namange, Quissanga
“Now I do not have to worry so much”
"The lanterns here are very good, a commendable initiative, because now I can leave the kids to use the lanterns without having to worry about it, I know that they will not get burned, they will not burn the house and our things. This is very different from when we used to use a candle or oil lamp, I had to worry too much, and pray that in those days that I go back home late my children did not have any idea of lighting a lamp, or making a fire.”
Julia Amade , user of Solar energy station in Namange, Quissanga
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FUNAE (Energy Fund) is a Mozambican public institution that works at the national level to develop, produce and distribute different sources of low-cost energy, while promoting the rational conservation and management of sustainable energy resources.
ACP-EU Energy Facilty
The Solar Energy Project was funded by the European Union within the ACP-EU Energy Facility which aims to support projects to increase sustainable energy and affordable services to the poor in rural and peri-urban areas of countries in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific.
ADPP is a Mozambican Non-Governmental Organization established in 1982 and currently implements over 80 projects in all provinces of the country, employing more than 2,700 workers and benefiting more than 2 million Mozambicans annually. The four main sectors of ADPP Mozambique are Education, Health, Agriculture and Renewable Energy.
The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) is an Indian institution, established in 1974 with the aim of creating innovative solutions for a sustainable future. One initiative of TERI was the creation and implementation of solar power stations model in India, and now deployed in Mozambique.
The Gaia Movement is an NGO registered in Switzerland in 1998. It works to raise environmental awareness, both locally and environmentally. Supports and implements various environmental and recycling projects, also offering several courses in this area. The Gaia Movement is the Project co-funder.
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