Why solar energy?
The present: Decentralized, but expensive and harmful to health
The most common source of energy in rural areas of Africa is usually a kerosene lamp, which emits little light but a great deal of harmful smoke. Each lamp burns about 40 litres of kerosene per year, producing about 80 kg of CO2.
In addition, diesel generators are in use throughout Africa, often also used by international aid agencies for electricity supply. However, diesel generators are expensive to maintain and operate. In addition to CO2 emissions, improper disposal of the old oil and diesel is one of the biggest problems.
The future: Decentralized but reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly
Solar energy not only offers a technically sensible solution, but also has three key advantages:
It’s clean – it’s reliable – it’s affordable.
How we use solar energy
We promote the spread of solar energy in different areas of life and work:
Light for education: in schools, for example, for lighting classrooms and teachers’ rooms or for solar-powered computers.
Solar villages: to equip all households with a basic solar supply.
Solar water pumps: to improve crop yield and use water more efficiently for irrigation.
Health stations: Light in treatment rooms and refrigerators for medicines and vaccines.
Safety: powerful outdoor lamps for protection from wild animals and burglars alike.
Replacement of diesel generators: a clean and reliable power supply with solar energy instead of exhaust gas and noise
We turn on the light.