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Demonstration of low carbon solar home systems and afforestation in Qnafna (Eritrea)


Titre : Demonstration of low carbon solar home systems and afforestation in Qnafna (Eritrea)

Pays : Erythrée

Numéro projet : ERI/SGP/OP5/Y2/CORE/CC/12/07

Domaine : Climate Change Mitigation

Durée : 2013-2014


Project site is located in Zoba Debub, Sub-Zoba Mai-Ayni, villages of Qnafna administrative Centre (Qnafna, Adi Samray, and Andaba Shgundi). This administrative centre is located about 30km from Mendefera and 22km from existing medium volt line. Total population 2,000 making 350 households. So far the area has not benefited much from outside support and has remained cut off from development measures in the region. Discussion with the village administrators and elders reveals that the need for solar home system is very crucial.

Hence, the action would specifically address the problems of :
1. The lack of demonstrated low carbon technologies applicable to the rural context for marginalised populations in Eritrea
2. The absence of lighting and power in homes resulting in poor living conditions and decreased house-hold income generating activities ;
3.The inadequate health services due to lack of refrigeration and power for the general services ;
4. The absence of enhanced teaching aids in schools and poor living conditions for the teachers for lack of energy.

Therefore, the best alternative option for lighting rural households of Eritrea is solar power systems. Solar lamps have much better quality of light than kerosene lamp, present no health hazards, nor danger, are environmentally friendly, sturdily built, and with proper training can be user friendly. Solar home system can also solve the problem of mobile charging that can enable rural households to communicate with, and enable remote villages to get up to date information like awareness raising programs in health, education, agriculture etc. broadcast through mass media such that, solar home systems gain acceptance by potential users due to the abovementioned benefits. In spite of the above mentioned benefits solar PV systems are expensive and demand high initial investment – which is where SGP Eritrea and partners can provide financing through proven grant mechanisms and capacity building through proven tools. However, this pilot project will use relatively inexpensive operating cost, solar home systems with two DC solar lamps and a socket for charging a battery of cell phone or powering radio.

Grant Amount (GEF Small Grants Programme) : US$ 149,998.00
Co-Financing Cash : US$ 7,768.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 166,782.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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