At the UN Climate Change Conference, there was a lot of talk about the effects of climate change. Regions in sub-Saharan Africa in particular are already severely affected. However, urgently needed concrete measures to meet the 1.5 degree target and achieve climate justice were missed by many at the conference. The German-African social enterprise Africa GreenTec shows how to tackle the problems on the ground with innovative solar-powered solutions. Successfully implemented projects in Mali, Niger and Senegal were followed by the commissioning of the pilot project in Madagascar at the end of July 2022.
Africa GreenTec has built one of its so-called ImpactSites® in Madagascar, which been supplying the 6500-inhabitant community of Mahavelona in the Itasy region with solar energy ever since. This project is not only a milestone for the social enterprise and its partner Polarstern Energie, but also for the country of Madagascar itself. This is because the solar park with battery storage is the first mini-grid project in the whole of Madagascar to be powered 100% by renewable energy.
This ImpactSite is a novelty for both the island nation and the social enterprise Africa GreenTec, as it also differs from the other ImpactSites implemented so far. Due to the size and location of the Mahavelona community, a 120 kWp ground-mounted PV system was installed instead of the containerized Solartainer® developed by the company.