Latest developments concerning Green People’s Energy

Renewable electricity improves health services

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Solar energy systems and vaccine refrigerators were installed in three rural health centres.

GBE launches solar design advisory support for SMEs in Uganda

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50 companies can benefit from free technical advice and customised guidance on investing in solar energy.

Formation institutes for experts in solar irrigation

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The training combines theoretical and practical aspects that enable us to better meet farmers’ needs.

Better value chains in African agriculture

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The postgraduate course “Food Chains in Agriculture” had this year 27 participants from Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Togo and Tunisia.

GBE on air – funding for renewable energies, alumni network, and general challenges

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The Podcast “Wishes Granted” invited Elina and Caspar to talk about the GBE programme.

Solar energy improves medical care in rural clinics

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In the next few months, 20 more rural clinics will be electrified. This will mean that about 65,000 people will benefit from the improved medical infrastructure.

Improving health care for 27,000 people

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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

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

Solid financing of solar energy systems for commercial purposes

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Results-Based financing (RBF) mechanism helped spreading the use of solar-powered agricultural machinery in Benin.

Ten solar-powered water pump systems supply farmers in Benin

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The high-quality solar-powered pumps enable farmers to save up to 200 euros a month.

323 solar modules “electrify” Togolese roofs with over 70,000 kilowatt hours

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Togolese hospitals and vocational schools save a good 1,000 euros per month in energy costs through new solar systems on their roofs.

Solar training for agricultural coaches

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Green People’s Energy’s has trained a dozen agricultural trainers on the use of renewable energy in off-grid areas in Benin.

Call for Interest by GBE Côte d’Ivoire – social infrastructures

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A special emphasis is placed on the use of solar technologies by social infrastructures in decentralised areas.

Call for Interest by GBE Côte d’Ivoire – results-based financing program

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Companies selling and installing solar refrigerators/freezers and solar water pumps for irrigation are eligible for incentives.

First solar training room opened in vocational school

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Here, future electricians can practice installing and maintaining solar systems at 20 training stands.

Ministry of Energy established a Unit of Women Engineers through GBE Benin

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Green People’s Energy’s Small Project Fund enables recruitment of eight women engineers for technical positions in the Ministry of Energy in Benin.

GBE Senegal und LVIA support 600 women

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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.

Discussing the financing of renewable energy projects for productive use in Senegal

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GBE Senegal organized a three-day sensitization workshop on the possibilities to improve and expand the financing offers for renewable energy projects.

Registration open for second GBE-ARE webinar

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The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and Green People’s Energy have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the webinar on “Stimulating Demand for Productive Use of Renewable Energy Solutions in Local Communities” at 14.00-15.30 CEST on 7 July 2021.

Improving incomes in the banana sector using solar energy

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48 companies in the banana value chain will soon benefit from better production conditions: With the installation of pumping systems, cold chain, and processing units that will be powered by solar energy. These companies will thus improve the quality of their product and increase their income.

Call for promoting Renewable Energies in Africa

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We are looking for European actors in the energy transition such as municipalities, educational institutions, cooperatives, non-governmental organisations, associations, or companies.

Training of trainers for solar systems starts in northern Namibia

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Renewable energies offer many solutions to improve the social and economic situation of the people in Namibia. In order for vocational schools to train young people in solar energy systems, they need well-trained trainers. GBE aims for just that in cooperation with Eenhana Vocational Training Centre.

Energy connects – launch of GBE-ARE web seminar series

On 20 April 2021, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and Green People’s Energy (GBE) launched their web seminar series “Paving the way for Clean Energy Transition with Decentralised Renewable Energy (PWCET) ” at the digital EU-Africa Business Forum. The first of in total 10 events had more than 200 partici…

Showcase project for more sustainable Tea Production in Uganda

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With the help of renewable energy, tea factories can reduce their energy costs, produce more economically and reduce deforestation.

Twelve Senegalese women’s and youth groups take off with solar energy

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Groups of women and young people in the Kédougou region will improve their own farms with the productive use of solar energy. The project started at the end of April.

Solar pumps secure harvests, income and livelihoods in northern Tanzania

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Where rain becomes rarer, solar-powered water pumps ensure the survival of smallholder farmers. The technology is low-maintenance and opens up numerous opportunities for people, as an example from Tanzania shows.

Boda boda taxis: First charging stations outside Kampala for solar-powered electric motorbikes are coming

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Stinking, rattling, CO2 emissions, that’s a thing of the past – at least for the electric motorbikes charged by solar power as piloted in a project of Green People’s Energy (GBE) Uganda

Women farmers switch to solar-powered water pumps

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After learning about the advantages of solar-powered water pumps in a workshop organised by Green People’s Energy (GBE) Uganda, the women of two cooperatives are now starting vegetable production in shared greenhouses.

34 banana and agricultural producers exchanged ideas on solar irrigation and sustainable processing possibilities

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GBE Senegal discussed with the participants the advantages of solar irrigation systems for banana and other agricultural cultivation methods. The workshop also became interactive through matchmaking with other market actors, such as financial institutions.

Toolkit presented at international expert forum for rural electrification

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At the Alliance for Rural Electrification’s (ARE) 6th Energy Access Investor Forum, GBE Zambia took part in the presentation of a new toolkit for renewable energy associations and answered numerous questions around association formation.

Networking – Sharing Information and Knowledge is the Key to Success

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Innovative platform brings renewable energy students and specialists from across Africa together, after attending course on the subject in Germany

First harvest at GBE Uganda’s solar irrigation demo garden in Gulu

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Only months after its set up at GIZ office in Gulu, GBE Uganda’s demonstration garden for Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) brought a first rich yield of tomatoes, collards, and other vegetables.

Solar pump training in Benin: Second place goes to a woman

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Over a six month period a cooperation of Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and WE4Food trained online (due to Covid) 749 people in solar-powered irrigation systems – with Aïchatou Lawani from INETS Benin achieving the second-best result.

GBE supports, in collaboration with ENDA Energie, the solar electrification of women-led rural dairy micro-enterprises

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GBE supports the solar electrification of 24 mainly women-led dairy micro-enterprises in rural Senegal, thereby adding value to milk production, and reducing production waste for 200 farmers.

Universal Energy Facility opens pre-qualification for mini-grid projects in Benin

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The Universal Energy Facility, a results-based financing facility, is inviting pre-qualification submissions from companies for the development of mini-grid projects in Benin.

Call for Manifestation of Interest: Support in Access to Finance for Productive Use Renewable Energy Projects

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GBE offers access to finance consulting for local productive use renewable energy project developers. The Call for Manifestation of Interest is open until Feb. 28, 2021.

(Em)powering Rural Health Centers in Mozambique to Help Contain the Spread of COVID-19

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GBE and Fundação para o Desenvolvimento da Comunidade (FDC) electrify 42 rural health centers in Mozambique to strengthen their capacities in dealing with the ongoing pandemic.

Practically all digital: training in times of Corona

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Exchange between German and African vocational school teachers is also possible during the pandemic: A digital platform with interactive teaching material is now available for the education and training of prospective solar installers in Africa.

Five local organisations recently started implementation of their project ideas

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Five public benefit organisations are funded in their approaches to improve the local energy situation. The projects range from a solar-powered eye care center, over the training of solar technicians to a radio station stabilizing the electricity grid.

Solar professionals made in Zambia

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The Green People’s Energy project in Zambia commences its implementation with the inception workshop with all stakeholders on 25 and 26 November.

Solar Energy Irrigation Systems

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SPIS Training opportunity (second intake); From May to July 2020, GBE Benin reacted to the COVID-19 lockdown in the country by taking their training activities online; partner solar companies were offered access to a web-based training course on solar powered irrigation.

Call for Project Proposals in the Decentralized Renewable Energy Sector for Facilitating Access to Finance

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The GBE Benin project facilitates access to finance for local developers of decentralised renewable energy projects, through technical assistance and linkages with business development service providers and financial institutions.

Mapping of private health centers for electrification

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In Benin, the GBE project is mapping non-electrified private health centers in order to facilitate their access to electricity through the Fee-for-service model. As traditional off-grid electrification approaches have shown their limitations, this model has been developed for the sustainable electrification of socia…

Production of Standardized and Accessible Fabric Masks

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Green People’s Energy Mozambique supports the production of standardized and accessible fabric masks to promote safety measures and income generation for small-scale producers as part of its component on Productive Use of Energy. The distribution of masks will include recommendations for their use as well as awarene…

First Productive Use of Energy idea Competition for the Private Sector

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In response to the great relevance of off-grid energy for productive use (PUE), Green People’s Energy Uganda, launched the first PuE Idea Competition for the Private Sector in late May. Solar distributors, project developers and operators of PuE technologies were invited to apply. Successful applicants are eligible…

Sustainable electrification of social institutions in Benin

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One in four health centers in Africa does not have access to electricity. This applies to every social institution; particularly in Benin. The GBE Benin project aims to develop the market for decentralized renewable energy in rural areas by promoting energy-as-a-service business models. To increase awareness, GBE Be…