Green People’s Energy for Africa – Senegal

Green People’s Energy (GBE) is an initiative created by the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development which offers citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa innovative technical and financial support for the acquisition of decentralized renewable energy systems, and in particular photovoltaic systems. The initiative aims to support the supply of electricity for productive use, as well as for social institutions in rural areas, through the involvement of local actors and private investors, in order to improve livelihoods and household incomes.

GBE is implemented in nine countries across Sub-Saharan African, including Senegal, where the promotion of the use of solar technologies in value chains (agriculture, livestock, fishing, etc.) has been a priority. In collaboration with private and public partners, we develop sustainable projects, strengthen partnerships between Europe and Africa, and train citizens in the deployment of solar technology on a national scale. In Senegal, Green People’s Energy will, among other things, help populations improve their living conditions by using renewable energy technologies in income-generating activities. Businesses and private entrepreneurs will be encouraged to improve the quality of their services and products. In addition, GPE will support social institutions in the acquisition of decentralized renewable energy systems.

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Did you know that…?

…about 36% of Senegalese households do not have a connection to the electrical grid?

… more than 56% of the population in Senegal’s rural areas do not have access to electricity?

… more than half or 53.3% of people living in Senegal live in rural areas?

… off-grid electrification is a political priority for the government of Senegal, which is committed to achieving universal access to electricity by 2025?

How we work

To attain its objectives, Green People’s Energy Senegal will work in close collaboration with existing GIZ programs who are already active on the ground in the field of renewable energies, in particular the country measure of the Energizing Development (EnDev) global program, as well as the Sustainable Energy Program (PED) and other bilateral projects. Thereby, we will build on the experience acquired by these programs in the field of productive use of energy, among other expertise and experience, in order to implement our approaches quickly. The target groups of the project in rural Senegal are businesses, cooperatives and social institutions. Through training and coaching, Green People’s Energy Senegal plans on strengthening the business management skills of players who are either island network users, or who have themselves invested in off-grid solar systems. Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) companies and cooperatives planning projects in the field of productive use will also be provided support in the development of projects and in the preparation of the necessary documents for loan application. In order to improve the framework conditions for the productive use of decentralized renewable energy systems, measures are taken to network the concerned actors.

Practical Experience

In Senegal, Green People’s Energy intends to continue the positive accumulated experiences of the Energizing Development (EnDev) global program and the bilateral Sustainable Energy program (PED).

EnDev, through its Rural Electrification component, has supported the electrification of several villages through hybrid mini-power plants (solar/diesel), individual solar systems (SHS), and connection to the medium-voltage network. Suitable individuals selected from villages were trained by the program as maintenance technicians to ensure basic daily maintenance of the equipment.

By enabling the productive use of energy in these villages through connection to the mini-grid or electrified by individual systems, income-generating activities can be developed.

The Sustainable Energy Program has developed pilot activities that can be scaled up through private initiatives and financing through the banking sector.


Latest Developments in Senegal

Green Banking Training

The 12-week online course will start on 1 December 2021. 100 participants can take part in this first training.

Only a good business plan attracts investors

GBE Senegal has identified twenty project developers that are now being supported by experts.

FIKA 2021 – International Fair for Business and Information

GBE invites interested parties to visit the FIKA 2021 from the 28th October to the 14th November 2021 in Kaolack.

Improving health care for 27,000 people

GBE Senegal recently trained 37 employees from these health centres, thereof 18 women, in the operation and maintenance of solar systems.

A new financial approach stimulates the Senegalese rural solar market

15 farms are now irrigating their fields with solar pumps, and 5 women directed shops were able to purchase solar-powered refrigerators in June.

GBE Senegal und LVIA support 600 women

Solar energy supports six women’s groups to upgrade their grain processing sites. GBE and LVIA support the development of profitable farms through training and coaching.