We mourn the death of Josef Göppel

* 16 August 1950 – 13 April 2022

Green People’s Energy mourns the death of Josef Göppel, BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa, who passed away unexpectedly in the night of 13 April 2022. Josef Göppel was a convinced environmentalist who had made supplying rural regions with decentralised renewable energy his life’s work. He combined environmental and climate protection through renewable energies with a passion for equitable development opportunities. Pursuing these, especially in rural Africa, through direct support of Africans and energy cooperatives of disadvantaged local groups was an important concern for him, which he advanced with his characteristic persistence, great commitment, and wealth of ideas. Direct dialogue was always very important to Mr Göppel, so, he could get to know the needs first hand.

The African continent was very close to Josef Göppel’s heart throughout his life, and he willingly made his experience in the field of sustainable energy supply available on many trips there. The many partnerships that came into being on his initiative are a great potential for the future in German-African cooperation. In direct dialogue with the local rural population, he was always eager for an exchange at eye level. We as Green People’s Energy are losing a valued supporter and partner for our work.

Welcome to the initiative

Green People’s Energy for Africa

The initiative Green People’s Energy for Africa  of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was launched in 2017 and aims to facilitate, expand and secure the supply of sustainable energy in rural Africa. It relies on the broad participation of small and medium-sized enterprises, municipalities, cooperatives, public associations and citizens.

  • BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa, Bärbel Höhn and Josef Göppel, in Ethiopia

    BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa, Bärbel Höhn and Josef Göppel, in Ethiopia

  • Solar panels in Senegal

    Solar panels in Senegal

  • Electrification of a health center in Ghana

    Electrification of a health center in Ghana

  • Solar irrigation in Senegal

    Solar irrigation in Senegal

  • Installation of a solar plant in Uganda

    Installation of a solar plant in Uganda

What we do

We introduce Renewable Energy curricula
We train teachers
We train professionals
We support business development
We strengthen partnerships
We inform civil society organisations
We provide digital learning
We support social institutions
We consult policy makers on renewable energies

Focus countries

EthiopiaBeninCôte d’IvoireGhanaMozambiqueNamibiaZambiaSenegalUganda

Latest Developments

Inmates learn how to irrigate fields with solar energy

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With a solar-powered pump, they save on diesel costs and can grow crops, fruits and vegetables all year round.

Green People’s Energy walks one step closer towards cooperative-based mini-grids

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To help bridging the financing gap, a concept was presented and discussed with key representatives from the energy sector.

Intensive consulting towards access to finance for renewable energy projects proves effective

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Two companies were able to successfully submit their project documents to an international financier.