Sahelia Solar

Providing affordable and clean energy to off-grid agro-processing plants
2016 SAG-SEED Award Winner Clean Energy Rural Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso

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.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Sahelia Solar provides increased energy access to agricultural processing plants. This, combined with up to 30% lower energy prices, enables the mechanisation of agro-processing activities and lets local farmers become more competitive.
  • Providing modern and affordable energy services for the mechanisation of agro-processing activities, freeing up time for other income-generating activities, especially for women.
  • Increasing energy access to support the development of healthcare, education and food processing and distribution services in rural areas.
  • Providing clean energy services to >6,000 users at the 230 multifunctional platforms managed by FNGN.
  • Reducing carbon emissions by 2,300 metric tonnes for every 2MWp installed.
  • Reducing pollution and health hazards from traditional fuel-based energy production.
  • Reducing energy costs by up to 30% for members of the FNGN Cooperative.
  • Creating sustainable employment opportunities resulting from increased productivity and competitiveness of microentrepreneurs.
  • Creating technical jobs and providing training for the operations and maintenance of the systems.



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

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.

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