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Under the name Solar2World, SolarWorld provides funding for aid projects in emerging and developing countries. Regional development is at the heart of the company's commitment with a clear focus on Africa. Our off-grid solar power solutions provided models for sustainable economic development and self-sufficient energy supply.
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Would you like to apply to become a Solar2World project partner? The documents for the Solar2World programm outline the funding criteria. Please download the application form, save your changes and send the form back to us. Pay special attention to the list of the consumer devices intended for the project when completing the checklist. We will determine whether Solar2World will be able to provide a sponsorship package for your project. If your project is selected, we will help you to size your solar power system and select the appropriate energy-saving consumer devices. A Solar2World contract is drawn up as the basis for the collaboration between SolarWorld and the project partner and we will send you a copy to sign.
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Madagascar, solare Power supply for a hospital, a lab and a school
Three Solar2World projects have been successfully implemented in northern Madagascar:
- Solar power supply for the small hospital on the Nosy Faly island; system capacity: 2 kW. Project partner: Association Diego Développement Madagascar (ADDM)
- Solar power supply for a laboratory at the University of Antsiranana where students are trained to use solar power; system capacity: 2.6 kW. Project partner: University of Antsiranana.
- Solar power supply for the school in the leprosy village of Belfort (Ecole Ezaka) providing light for adult literacy classes and teacher training in the evening hours; system capacity: 2 kW. Project partner: Comitée d’Aides aux Lepreux d’Antalaha (CALA).
Cameroon, solar power for 50 houses and a medical clinic
Since February 2012, Solar2World modules have been supplying the light for 50 houses and one medical clinic in the village Ndambog (200 km from the port town of Douala). This project is being carried out in co-operation with “Strom und Licht für Arme in Kamerun” (SLAK, Power and Light for the Poor in Cameroon). The total capacity of the PV systems is 5.1 kW.
Solar2World project in the Tambacounda Solar and Hygiene Center
Tambacounda is the name of the capital of Sénégal Oriental province, located in eastern Senegal on the edge of the Sahel. In Senegal itself, the Tambacounda region is a synonym for hopeless underdevelopment and backwardness. Since 2003, the Solar and Hygiene Center, which was built up by the Tambacounda Association, has been trying to teach the locals about ecological construction, groundwater protection and the viability of solar energy. Today, the center is mainly perceived as a venue for education and meetings, where people of different ages can learn about and discuss development issues. It has an Internet cafe, a library, a tailor, a computer science room and a dry toilet.
The center organizes regular training courses on the environment and health, cooperating closely with the regional hospital in Tambacounda. Physicians inform the people about the symptoms and prevention of malaria and provide advice on diabetes. For example, a dry toilet has been built on the grounds of the Solar and Hygiene Center to demonstrate the simple technology and its hygienic advantages. A current environmental focus is the problem of waste: seminars and the production of cloth bags in the Hygiene Center are to make the people aware of this issue.
All these activities suffered due to the strong electricity price increases in recent years in Senegal; they had to be financed from capital resources and donations. Even more serious for the ongoing operation of the center were the near-daily long power outages that paralyzed everything on offer. As a joint project of several German photovoltaic companies, a 5 kW photovoltaic system consisting of 21 polycrystalline modules was installed by SolarWorld in early 2012, donated as part of Solar2World. During construction, it was necessary to upgrade the entire electrical installation of the education center. The new electric cabinet is now the central connection point of the facility and has been designed for all eventualities and future extensions of the facility.
For several months now, the system has been operating flawlessly, reliably providing the training center – including 25 computers, copiers, lights, fans and two refrigerators – with electricity. The stand-alone system delivers so much power that people are even thinking about future expansion on the consumption side. The facility has an effect far beyond the center – especially after dusk. “There are evenings in Tambacounda where only the center is supplied with electricity. Then it is like a lighthouse” reports Abdou Karim Sané, chairman of the Tambacounda Association.
Haiti, solar power for hospitals
Uganda, computer training center
Together with Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED, German Development Service), a computer training center in Lira in northern Uganda is supported with solar energy. Teachers and students have the opportunity to learn computer skills and use the Internet as a knowledge and educational platform. In the last few decades, northern Uganda has suffered from armed conflicts, making training centers where young people are given new prospects for their lives and occupations even more important. Because of the unreliable energy supply from the Ugandan grid, solar power helps make the training centers independent of local power failures and makes it possible to work on the computers continuously. In addition, the teachers and students learn how solar power works and how to use it. The output of the solar power modules that were provided it is 3kWp.
Sierra Leone, solar power for the Makbenthe hospital in Makeni
This project will provide additional capacity to the Solar2World system already installed on the Makbenthe hospital. The need for additional power arose when the hospital received an expanded blood bank and additional medical equipment. Project partner: Advent Wohlfahrtswerk e.V. (Pastor Tonhäuser), project capacity: 4.1kW
Congo, hospital project
In Goma in eastern Congo, SolarWorld AG supports the solar power supply of the local Bethesda Hospital. The local partner is the Baptist community “Communauté Baptiste au Centre de l’Afrique”; in Germany, "Vereinte Evalgelische Mission" (VEM) in Wuppertal and the "Aktion Kleiner Prinz" in Warendorf supports the project. The region around Goma suffered a lot of damage from the civil war in neighboring Rwanda and in Eastern Congo and was also partially destroyed when the Nyragongo volcano erupted. This is why the energy supply in the hospital was not reliable. The solar power is thus used to operate refrigerators for keeping medicine cool and to light the operating rooms and obstetric wards. The output of the solar power modules that were provided it is 2.8kWp.
Mali, rural development and education through solar power
In collaboration with the Mali Folkecenter NYETAA, Solar2World projects were carried out in 14 villages in southern Mali (Sikasso region). The solar power brings light to the villages and is used for radio, TV, computers, printers and telephones. Previously, electricity was supplied by diesel generators, which do a lot of environmental damage. A solar water pump project is also supported in the village of Magadougou in western Mali (Kayes region). With the water provided by solar power, a large vegetable garden, among other things, was planted giving the women in the village a new source of income. The solar power modules for the two Solar2World projects have a total output of 14kWp.
Rwanda, solar power system for vocational training center
In cooperation with the aid organization Grünhelme e.V. headed up by Rupert Neudeck, the founder of the aid organization Kap Anamur, Solar2World modules support a vocational training center in the town of Ntarama (Bugesera district) in Rwanda. Young people and adults are trained in this center to become solar technicians, which open up new professional opportunities to them. Rwanda is pursuing an ambitious solar program for which solar technical training of adults and young people will play an important role. The solar power system is 150kWp in size and supplies the training center completely with solar power.
Kenya, water treatment
In Kenya, SolarWorld AG supported two secondary schools with a drinking water project. The schools are close to the town of Kisumu, which is around 400km from Nairobi, and they have more than 2,000 students in total. Thanks to the solar-driven water pumps, the students have access to clean and healthy water. Currently, the water that comes from the surrounding hills is contaminated. The output of the solar power system is 1.5kWp.
Malawi, solar power for an AIDS orphanage
SolarWorld AG provided support for an AIDS orphanage in the African republic of Malawi with eight Solar2World modules, each with an output of 160 watts (total output: 1.3kWp). The system was installed in a remote village close to Lake Malawi. More than 500 AIDS orphans live in the village. These children are often infected with the immune deficiency disease themselves. The project partner is the Liebenzeller Mission, a non-profit organization headquartered in Bad Liebenzell in the Black Forest, Germany. This organization launched a village program to fund the electricity and water supply, medical services as well as the education of young people. Solar power is used for lighting, to power the pumps for the wells, for the water supply and to operate refrigerators for storing medicine properly. The fuel necessary to supply the emergency generators would have otherwise had to be transported several hundred kilometers. Weather information provided by the US space agency, NASA, has been incorporated into this Solar2World project and used to calculate the achievable output per module at the project site. The rainy season is not a problem in this respect because the daylight and battery capacity are sufficient for continuous operation.
Solar2World in America too
SolarWorld USA supports Solar2World projects in North and South America and in the Caribbean. Immediately after the earthquake in Haiti, various solar aid projects for electricity and water supply were launched for the country and its population in collaboration with charitable organizations.
Kenya, solar power for the "Dala mar Geno" children’s home
Under the auspices of the Solar2World project in the Homa Bay region on Victoria Lake, the Dala mar Geno children’s home ("home of hope") received a solar power supply in 2009. Orphans whose parents have died of AIDS find a new home here. In the area around Lake Victoria in Kenya alone, more than 50,000 children have lost their parents to AIDS. The Solar2World system with an output of 1.5kWp supplies the children's home with light; it powers a refrigerator and provides electricity for a telephone or laptop.
Chile, solar energy on the Easter Islands
The Easter Islands in the Pacific, which are part of Chile, want to end their dependency on fossil fuel shipments and completely switch to renewable energy in a step by step process. Currently, energy is mainly provided by diesel generators, which need fuel that has to be transported 4,000km across the Pacific Ocean. The Solar2World system with an output of 1.1kWp is part of a pilot project to demonstrate which possibilities and advantages an independent energy supply could offer the island. The electricity generated with the Solar2World system is used for lighting in the governor’s administrative building and for a monument to the last king of the Easter Islands.
Uganda, solar power for a school in Kooki
In Kooki in central Uganda, SolarWorld solar power modules have been providing solar energy for a school with 500 students since September 2009. In the joint project with SMA, a company in Kassel, Germany, that manufactures inverters, the organization "Together – Hilfe für Uganda e.V.", also in Kassel, was particularly active. Employees of the organization helped install the system on-site. The solar power supply now makes it possible to teach in the school after the sun goes down because the off-grid system supplies the school with light in the evening. The deaf children in the school who are dependent on sign language particularly benefit. The system output in Kooki is approx. 11kWp.
Mali II, power for a medical clinic in eastern Mali
After 14 villages in southern Mali were provided with solar power as part of the Mali I Solar2World project, a follow-up project was carried out in eastern Mali to equip a medical clinic with, among other things, solar power modules, batteries and energy-saving light bulbs. SolarWorld employees from Freiberg (Saxony) helped set up the system in Mali and distributed donations from their co-workers in Freiberg. Now that the medical clinic has access to solar power, it is possible to provide better and continuous health care to the population. The system output is approx. 10kWp.
Uganda, clean drinking water for Bukedia
In Bukedia in northeastern Uganda, a medical clinic, several schools and a church were equipped with a solar-powered drinking water system with the support of SolarWorld. The system output is 1kWp. Now, 1,700 students, the medical clinic and the church all have access to clean water. Partner on the project is the Water Missions International organization. This organization carries out global projects for water supply and purification, primarily in rural areas. Now 99.9% of the bacteria are filtered out of the water with the proven drinking water system from Water Missions. The result is a considerable improvement in the hygienic conditions and health standards for the population and, of course, significantly fewer illnesses brought about by contaminated water. In addition, the water station is only 500m away, which means it is much easier for people to reach - it used to take approx. 30 minutes on foot.
Zambia, Luambe National Park
The Solar2World system in the Luambe National Park in eastern Zambia supplies solar power to a lodge. The system output is 2.2kWp.
The partner for this Solar2World project is the non-profit organization Luangwa Wilderness e.V from Cologne with its director, Dr. Olaf Behlert, who is the deputy director of the Cologne zoo. The organization was set up to preserve the Luambe national park because the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) does not have adequate resources to protect the national park at its disposal. The new, modern lodge is also designed to encourage eco-tourism. The income generated here will also benefit the long-term preservation of the national park. The Luangwa Wilderness e.V. organization works closely together with the Zambian Wildlife Authority and would like to involve the local population in the project. A cooperation agreement was signed for the joint project in 2004.
A strong earthquake ravaged Haiti. Solar2World projects are helping supply electricity to hospitals and provide the population with clean water in a variety of locations. The total peak rating of the solar power systems in question is around 100 kW.
Malawi, solar water supply for a refugee camp
Water Missions International (WMI) has already implemented a variety of successful Solar2World projects. With its projects, WMI aims to purify water and supply clean water using economical, standard storage. Experience of Solar2World projects has shown that the provision of clean water significantly reduces disease in the population. In 2010, a 1.1 kWp solar power system was installed in Karonga to treat water in a refugee camp. The residents of the camp are people who have lost their homes in an earthquake. Thus, solar power is making an effective contribution to improving public health.
Botswana, solar electricity supply for school
SolarWorld’s South African office, including Managing Director Gregor Küpper, worked with its partner Cobit to provide an independent solar electricity supply for a school in the Kalahari. By installing a 3.2 kWp solar power system, they have ensured pupils can continue their studies after dark.
Ethiopia, training centre at the Institute of Technology at Bahir Dar University
Over 90% of the Ethiopian population has no connection to an electricity supply. The Ethiopian Education Minister emphasized at the inauguration of the Solar2World power plant in Bahir Dar that this was a flagship project – especially because of its practical focus.
As part of the project, 35 Ethiopian students and technicians were trained in photovoltaic theory and practice. The project was received comprehensive television coverage. The 5.8 kWp system generates electricity to power a computer centre, and also to train students of ‘Sustainable Energies’. Details of the system are available on the internet.
Zambia, solar supply for a school and street lighting
Since 2010, a 22 kWp Solar2World power system has supplied reliable, environmentally friendly electricity to the classrooms and boarding house at Zambia’s Amano School. The school currently caters for 95 children. Here it is the mixture of pupils that is unusual: children from well-off families, children of missionaries, (AIDS) orphans and disadvantaged Zambian children live and learn side by side. The solar power system was installed with help from SolarWorld partner Harald Leitl (from the Umweltzentrum Gablenz). It is currently the largest solar power system in Zambia.
Sierra Leone, supplying electricity from solar to a hospital
The Makbenthe hospital lies around 180 km from the capital, Freetown. Some 140 malnourished children occupy a special ward in the hospital.
The electricity supply in Sierra Leone was largely destroyed during the civil war, leaving the hospital without a reliable electricity supply. The only supply came from a diesel generator, which covered around 3 hours a day. Installing an 8.2 kWp Solar2World power system has meant medical equipment such as respirators can operate, medicines can be refrigerated and the delivery room can be lit during births.
Liberia, solar station to power lamps in Monrovia
Liberia suffered greatly from its long-running civil war. This is one reason why the country has no operational public electricity or water supply. Even schools are dependent on generators, which are costly to run. In conjunction with the association ‘Kinder Afrikas e.V.’, SolarWorld provides support to the school at an orphanage in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, to provide an independent electricity supply and thus contribute to a better education for the 70 orphans and some 200 children who live near the orphanage. A 1.5 kWp solar station generates electricity for lighting, a laptop and printer, and a photocopier.
Tanzania, supplying a mission station
Gehandu is a small mission station with a church and hospital clinic, run by the order Mothers of the Holy Cross. For many years, the Catholic parish of St. Martin in Bad Honnef, near the River Rhine, has supported the Order’s projects. The mission station was built in a remote area to provide the local people with medical supplies and, in times of need, with food. The station has neither public supplies of electricity nor water. Drinking water is brought 100 km in a tanker from the settlement of Puma once a week.
The Solar2World system will now meet the electricity requirements of the clinic from solar energy. It will be possible to keep medicines refrigerated and to operate the newly installed obstetric ward. In future, a well will be sunk to ensure a reliable water supply for the clinic. To secure the electricity supply, a 9.3 kWp solar power system has been built in conjunction with the parish of St. Martin in Bad Honnef.
Senegal, solar-powered water pumps for vegetable cultivation
SolarWorld AG has installed a 0.9 kWp solar power system in Senegal, working alongside Rotary International. This Solar2World project aims to irrigate a one-hectare market garden using a solar-powered water pump. Highly effective drip irrigation and the solar water pump not only allow a reduction in water resource use and environmental impact, but also reduce operating (kerosene) costs significantly. Between 75 and 90 percent of the water employed reaches the crops, in contrast to 25-30% efficiency with conventional irrigation.
Water supply is a major problem in Senegal. Of its rural population, only 60 per cent has access to clean drinking water. A lack of sewage disposal leads to significant water pollution and thus also many gastrointestinal infections, especially in children. Water shortage is also the main factor limiting agricultural production – especially the cultivation of vegetables. The community of Fissel is home to 35,380 people in 28 villages, and suffers particularly badly from a shortage of water. The deputy prefect for the region explained: “Our first priority is water, second comes water, third is water, and then come other secondary requirements.” In addition to the supply of adequate drinking water, growing vegetables will help ensure the local population, and especially the children, have sufficient food. The cultivation will operate on a cooperative basis, providing women with a new source of income from the sale of vegetables at the nearby market.
Uganda, lighting and IT support for a health centre
The health centre in Kisinga now has power for lighting, computers and analytical instruments from a 3.6 kWp solar power system. Support on the ground comes from German volunteers and the ‘Give a Goat’ partner association.
Burkina Faso, solar power for a hospital providing treatment for the childhood disease noma
Every year, 14,000 children suffering from the childhood disease Noma visit the hospital in Ouahigouya. Very high electricity costs in Burkina Faso mean 35% of the hospital’s overall spending was on electricity.
The association ‘Gegen Noma e.V.’ therefore applied to SolarWorld for support in the context of the Solar2World programs. A Solar2World system with an output of 4 kWp now supplies electricity from solar power to the children’s hospital.
Sierra Leone, school and training centre in Kamawkie
Cooperation with the association ‘Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V.’ has facilitated the installation of a 1.9 kWp solar power system at a school and training centre in Kamawkie, which now provides a secure electricity supply to the buildings at the educational complex. The electricity generated also supplies a carpenter’s workshop and tailor’s business in Kamawkie.
Benin, solar training centre in Hon and Fita
In Benin, 80% of the population lives in the countryside and has no access to electricity. Illiteracy rates are also high. The energy used for lighting and cooking comes from wood, coal and kerosene. However things have changed in the villages of Hon and Fita: a Solar2World project now provides these two villages with electricity from solar power. Two women from each village were trained in the installation and maintenance of their solar power systems. This pilot project aims to ensure that women in particular are able to construct and maintain solar infrastructure in these rural areas. The training of women and solar electrification will contribute to the development of Benin’s society and have a positive impact on family life, education, health and the environment.
Uganda, school in Bwanda
A Solar2World solar power system has provided the deaf and hearing-impaired students at St. Mark’s School for the Deaf in Bwanda with the means to communicate using sign language even when it is dark outside. A 2.2 kWp system provides the school with a reliable electricity supply and lighting.
Chad, supplying a hospital in Iriba
The hospital in Iriba, eastern Chad has had a solar electricity supply since July 2010. The system has an output of 3.6 kWp (kilowatts peak) and was installed in partnership with the ‘Help e.V.’ association.
Iriba has around 5,000 inhabitants, and is the capital of the Kobé department. The hospital in Iriba has 60 beds with which to provide medical services to the 167,000 population of Kobé department, the 67,000 residents of Bahai department and – because of the difficult security situation – also parts of Guereda department (with a population of 200,000). Since 2003, it has also covered the refugee camps of Bahai, Iridimi, Touloum, Am Nabak and Guereda, with a total of 75,000 refugees. Although the camps have their own health centers, patients are transferred to Iriba in more serious cases.
There is no public electricity supply in Iriba, no grid connection is planned, and the hospital only owns a completely obsolete generator, which is operates sporadically due to a lack of kerosene. That is why Help e.V. proposed an independent supply of electricity, which the Solar2World system has now made possible. The system was installed in cooperation with local experts, who will also maintain it.
Uganda, solar power for the school in Buryansungwe
The Buryansungwe Secondary school was equipped with a solar power system to provide reliable electricity supply for teachers and pupils. Project partner: "Together - Hilfe für Uganda e.V."; project capacity: 9,9 kW.
Mali, solar power for the school in Lougourougoumbou
In cooperation with the association „Sonne für Mali e.V.“ the school „Ecole Oumar Ba“ in Lougourougoumbou was equipped with a solar power system. The goal of the project was to use the dark hours after sundown for adult education. Project partner: „Sonne für Mali e.V.“; project capacity: 0,6 KW.
Burkina Faso, supplying a hospital in Ouahigouya
This project provides additional capacity to the Solar2World system already installed on the Centre Medical Pediatrique Persis, a hospital in Ouahigouya. Work at the hospital primarily center on providing treatment for the childhood disease noma. 14,000 children are treated at the hospital each year, which translates into 30,000 days of in-patient stays. Dr. Zala and his wife run the hospital and treat all patients, even those who cannot afford the treatment. Afflicted children and their mothers are provided information on noma prevention in the associated Centre de Récupération et d’Éducation nutritionnelle. Project partner: Gegen Noma e.V., project capacity: 3.6kW
Rwanda, solar power for a dental clinic as part of “Green Energy for Healthy Teeth”
The “Green Energy for Healthy Teeth” project equipped a dental clinic in Remera-Rukoma with SolarWorld solar panels. The goal is to provide effective and regular dental care education primarily to children, as well as lasting professional prevention of dental disease in general. Furthermore, the project aims at informing the local communities about the possibilities and advantages of using solar power as a source of supplying electricity. The dental clinic is situated within the compound of a district hospital, which means its outreach is great. Project partner: OHFR (Netherlands), project capacity: 2.3kW
Tanzania, solar power for villages in the Bukoba district
This project helps several villages in the Bukoba district in the Kagera region in northern Tanzania by providing them with solar panels. The goal of the project is to promote economic development in the villages (solar-powered lights, small-scale health clinics, solar power education). Micro-credits are also available to help finance the solar power systems. Project partner: Tangen invest, project capacity: (not available)
Cameroon, solar power for the school in Boboyo
ident Africa, a non-profit organization, has provided aid and support to the school in Boboyo for many years. SolarWorld has now paired up with this organization to equip the school with solar panels, providing a reliable source of electricity and making it easier for students to learn. Project partner: ident Africa, project capacity: 4.65kW
Burkina Faso, solar power for 15 schools and five medical clinics
15 schools and five medical clinics in the Sahel and northern regions of the country received a solar power system. The “Light for Schools” project helped to install solar panels on elementary school buildings that are too far away from the public grid. Now the solar power from these panels provides light for two classrooms in the evening. The goal is to make it possible for more children to complete their primary schooling. The “Light for Medical clinics ” project also equipped rural medical clinics with solar panels and, in turn, substantially improved the basic medical care for many people in the region. Midwifes and medical staff now have access to lighting in the evening for nighttime childbirths and emergency care and no longer need to resort to the weak light of kerosene lamps or flashlights thanks to the project. Project partner: Sonnenenergie für Westafrika e.V. (SEWA), project capacity: 3.75kW
Niger, solar power for a vocational training facility
The project situated in the Kiéché rural commune of the Dogondoutchi department focuses on providing power to a vocational training facility, where the electricity is used to power the small electronic cutting, polishing, and drilling tools. The youth receive vocational training there and can better learn how to operate this machinery thanks to an off-grid, reliable power supply. Project partner: AMIS DE KIECHE (France), project capacity: 1.65kW
Madagascar, solar power for the villages of Ankilimalinike and Mahaboboka
The project provided various buildings (primary school, secondary school, village hall, hospital, charging station, city hall) in the villages of Ankilimalinike and Mahaboboka with solar panels. Previously, these villages had no suitable access to the public grid. They now have a reliable basic source of electricity. Project partners: Tritec and GIZ, project capacity: 2.8kW
Senegal, solar power for an educational center as part of “Education Needs Energy”
The “Education Needs Energy” project provides solar power to an education and healthcare center in Tambacounda. The building was inaugurated in October 2004 and has been used for educational purposes providing qualification courses for all ages since then. Five buildings have been constructed on the compound to date. A reliable source of electricity is essential in effectively implementing the workflow processes in the solar power and healthcare center. The project aims at demonstrating that solar power is one of the future industries for Tambacounda. The people of Tambacounda will be instructed on how the technology works (informational materials and workshops), and interested small trade enterprises can receive qualifications in the technology. Project partners: Tambacounda e.V. and Centre d’ Energie Solaire et d’ Hygiène, project capacity: 5.2kW
Kenya, solar power for a boys home and a girls home
A boys home in Ngere and a girls home in Rangwe were equipped with solar panels. The new workshop facility and new living quarters in the boys home are now supplied with solar power. A new girls home was built in Rangwe and the Solar2World system now supplies it with electricity. Project partner: The Africa mission of the Andernach congregation, project capacity: 4.6kW
South Africa, a photovoltaic demonstration system for a school in Soweto, Johannesburg
The Pace School in Soweto will receive a photovoltaic demonstration system. The project is a joint effort between the University of Johannesburg, the University of Stuttgart, and TÜV Rheinland Energie und Umwelt GmbH. The solar power system provides a reliable source of power, which is essential because the electricity supply in winter can suffer outages lasting several hours a day due to overloaded grids. It is the first photovoltaic demonstration system in Soweto, Johannesburg, that is used for educational purposes for school-aged and university students. At the same time, this system is meant to be a flagship project for renewable energy in the region. Project partner: TÜV Rheinland, project capacity: 2kW
South Africa National Park, Jonathan Brauner
In Komsberg Wilderness National Park in South Africa (Karoo region, Northern Cape), a solar water pump project was supported in cooperation with the South African environmental organization “Wildlife For All Trust”. The Komsberg Wilderness National Park is home to extremely rare plant species and five different eagle populations, among other things. The solar water pump project pursues the goal of reestablishing various types of grasses that play a significant role in the lives of the animal and plant species in the park. The project has a solar output of 1kWp.