WE DO. Our team has been working around the clock for the past few months to implement our first pilot project in Senegal, and it has paid off. We are happy to officially announce that the ImpactSite in N’diob (Senegal) is now officially up and running.
N’diob is located in the Fatick region. The community covers an area of 127 km² and is spread over 18 settlements. To the west of the community, the region is permeated by a fertile valley. Nature’s potential is what the inhabitants in N’diob want to preserve here. The community has been committed to going green for years and is striving to develop into a self-sufficient organic agricultural community independent of imports. Africa GreenTec would like to support this community in its endeavor, especially since it has been looking for renewable energy solutions and reliable partners for quite some time in order to build sustainable value chains.
The people of N’diob owe their awareness of the issue of climate protection largely to their mayor, Oumar Ba. He is an internationally recognized environmental activist and heads the Association of Green Communities of Senegal. He is also president of the national reforestation program. It was a great pleasure for the whole team to work with Mr. Ba as a close project partner in N’diob and we are proud of the result we jointly achieved.
The Solartainer is already providing renewable energy to households in N’diob through the smart mini-grid. For more remote groups of houses, a separate solar system has also been installed.
In addition to electricity and solar pumps, Africa GreenTec also provides clean drinking water to agriculture, households and schools that have long struggled with salinated water in the region. Our innovative water purification system with reverse osmosis technology ensures that villagers can obtain clean drinking water by the liter from a tap on the Solartainer.
In addition, Africa GreenTec has installed the first Cooltainer “Made in Africa” in N’diob. The team is particularly proud of this. For the first time, the Cooltainer was produced in the new production facility in Dakar by local employees under the direction of Quirin Köppel. With the Cooltainer, farmers in the region, in particular, can store their crop yields in a cool place.
To increase safety in the village, the Africa GreenTec SolarUPs (solar street lights) have also been installed throughout the village.
In cooperation with the cooperative and the mayor of N’diob, we are trying to further develop our ImpactProducts and test new business models.
The potential of solar pumps for sustainable agriculture
Many of the people in N’diob are farmers. Thus, the lives of families and village communities depend on a functioning agriculture system. Currently, most farmers in the region depend on expensive diesel pumps to irrigate their fields.
Africa GreenTec’s solar pumps and Cooltainers will drastically reduce the cost load for farmers in the region. Furthermore, Africa GreenTec’s solar pumps have a high output, which also enables the cultivation of larger number of fields, thus generating more income for the farmers.
We are pleased that this project is supported by the Renewable Energy Solutions Program of the Export Initiative Energy of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, by Wilo, the Wilo Foundation, Siemens Energy and the AGT Foundation e.V.. With the support of our strong partners, we can achieve great things together.
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