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Photovoltaic for Education in Burkina Faso

Farakoba, Burkina Faso

*Update January 2021 : The project has now been successfully implemented. Thanks for your kind support!

Lilly S. von Greening Africa Together/Alle Hand in Hand, e.V.
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Who are we? 
Greening Africa Together (GATo) is a non-profit network which includes several international NGOs, universities, African communities and other institutions that have the goal to support the fight against climate change and create opportunities to improve lifestyle and education condition for Africans in rural areas. Visit us at: http://greeningafricatogether.org/ 
 
Current situation
Burkina Faso is one of the least electrified countries in the world. Only 19% of the population have access to energy and translates to a meagre of 3% in rural areas.  
The school “Ceg de Farako-Ba” in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso has 8 classrooms, 2 administration offices, 3 toilets and a kitchen, was successfully electrified. Now the students in the school benefit from sufficient light in the classrooms at all times of their classes. Furthermore, in summer, temperatures rise often above 35°C during the day, so ventilation will from now on strongly improve the conditions. 368 students will benefit from this action implemented by voluntary students of the Universities of Bobo-Dioulasso and Ouagadougou.

We want to improve the situation
As members of Greening Africa Together and also university students, our main objective is to improve this situation for the pupils in Farako-Ba by providing stable and environmentally friendly electricity through PV. The Teachers and Parents Association of the school are involved actively in this project and will manage the maintenance of the system.
We are now currently looking for a new school where we can implement a PV system, that is producing clean energy and electrifying schools to improve education quality while students learn how to install PV Systems!

Our technical concept
The electrification of the school was realized with a stand-alone Photovoltaic system, with an efficient DC System. The electricity that is produced through the modules will be distributed to the load and battery via the charge controller.