Sunlabob Photo Tour: Electrifying Sierra Leone with Solar
- Published on Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Since being awarded two contracts earlier this year by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), our engineers have been hard at work designing and installing 14 solar PV power plants throughout rural areas of Sierra Leone, a country with an electrification rate of less than 10 percent.
In addition to the design and installation work, the Sunlabob team is providing hands-on local training with community members to ensure proper usage and maintenance and enable longevity of the solar systems, technically and socially.
The solar PV projects – twelve 5 kWp plants and one 16 kWp plant – are focused on education and training, ranging from industrial growth centers to an engineering college.
Enabled with a steady supply of electricity, the centers and schools will be able to utilize computers, internet and other communications tools to improve education opportunities and learn skills applicable to growing Sierra Leone’s local economy.
For example, at the Kambia Growth Centre (featured in the photo tour), a 16 kWp solar plant is serving its internet cafe with an internet server with 7 computers, a cassava crushing machine, a gari processing machine, a rice milling machine, a freezer and a 40-inch television in the sport center.
The attached photos provide a snapshot of the hard work and joint efforts between Sunlabob and the local technicians trained by Sunlabob at two specific locations – the Binkolo Industrial Growth Centre and the Kambia Growth Centre.
Note about Sunlabob in Africa:
The newly-awarded projects are not Sunlabob’s first experience in Sierra Leone. In 2012 the company designed, installed and provided community training for three solar PV plants totaling 53 kWp in three industrial growth centers in the villages of Bo, Kpandebu and Pujehun.
Within Africa, Sunlabob has previously enabled solar-powered electrification of rural areas in Liberia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Guinea Bissau and is currently working with The World Bank to bring electricity to more than 60 schools throughout Uganda.