Reliable Electrification Through Solar Mini-Grid and Business Promotion

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Reliable Electrification in Senegal through a Solar Mini-Grid and Business Promotion

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Key Data

Mercy Corps; Energy4Impact
August 2022 - June 2023
Project Description
Mercy Corps is promoting the use of renewable solar energy for business activities in these four villages as part of the project. For this purpose, first, a market study of 24 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is conducted to identify their energy needs. Second, an increase of 100 % in the output of the local solar power plant is realised by upgrading existing technology and improving the connection to individual households. Thereafter, the SMEs receive economic mentoring through support in the elaboration of business plans, provision of management and selection of equipment. In addition, the SMEs are connected to technology suppliers and financiers. The aim of the project is to create new jobs, an increase in the turnover of atleast 15 % for the 24 SMEs and the implementation of an awareness campaign on electricity consumption reaching out to at least 200 people.

The innovative character of this project shows in the holistic planning, which combines knowledge gained in the market study with the expansion of the solar plant capacity and professional mentoring of the SMEs. In addition, the project also makes an effort to support women empowerment measures. One precondition for the selection of supported SMEs is, that at least 50 % are led by women. Furthermore, the project also has an impact on local households which profit from an improved energy access and economic development. Thus, this approach aims at social, economic and ecologic dimensions for sustainable impact.
GBE Component
Small Projects Fund
  • Mini-grids

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Geographic coordinates of project site
14° 10' 53.36" N, 12° 42' 54.58" W
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