Providing affordable and clean energy to off-grid agro-processing plants
Serge Eloi OuedraogoCEO Sahelia Solar
Sahelia Solar has developed a new way to offer solar energy systems to rural cooperatives at a lower price than current fuel-based alternatives, integrating a pay-as-you-go model and mobile payment and monitoring options. Costs are divided over time and across users, ensuring fair access to energy for rural micro-entrepreneurs. The first beneficiaries of the service will be the members of the FNGN Cooperative and the project will be deployed on FNGN’s existing infrastructure, including its multifunctional platforms and activity centres.
Sahelia Solar is in charge of financing, design, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of the solar energy systems.
Federation Nationale des Groupements Naam (FNGN) manages a network of multifunctional platforms and provides technical and financial assistance to its members.
SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH supplies solar inverters and monitoring technologies, and provides technical assistance in engineering the solar energy systems.
The 2016 SAG-SEED Awards are supported by the SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union.