Solar Panel Installation
About the Implementing organization
Name: Arimathea Foundation for Development
Year of establishment: 2013
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status
The Foundation and Trainees set up 13 solar power systems in the community using 15 solar panels. Six were street lights installed at strategic locations including the market square and the Village Police station. six were domestic/commercial (Kiosk) premises installations. They trainees learnt to install and maintain solar power installations and were taught business skills to help generate income from the skills.
Panda development area (a sub county) of Karu Local Government area, with a population of about 200,000 people has no electricity from the national grid in any town or village and no known solar powered system, except for a carcass of government solar panels at the old development area secretariat that was never completed and a Bible translation office that had a solar system, not because of climate change issue, but for a need Power supply. All small businesses or houses with power use a Petrol or diesel Generators, culprits of climate change. This initiative was the first to create awareness on the Climate change problem and introduce solar power as a solution and integrating it with skills for poverty alleviation and youth empowerment, making it an all inclusive solution.
Forests / Grasslands
Type of Action
Protection / Pollution prevention, clean up
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Renewable energy / Climate action
The Solar power installations especially in houses and businesses that benefited have substituted their use of petrol and diesel generators, which has contributed to removing 1312.5 tones the major green house gas CO2 per annum (based on 50KW offsetting 25t/p.a.), thus contributing to reducing the global green house gasses burden.
Sustainable Development Impacts
Solar power use protects against climate change and its effects such as flooding and desertification. Adoption of this solution in Panda Development area as a popular solution will make it one of the few areas in today's world were that can be an entirely solar powered area, and a model for clean energy solutions.
There is huge potential for upscaling. Currently, Nigeria, wants to build six Solar power stations in the country, one in each of the six geopolitical zones. Some companies have been hired to try that model, about two years ago, which one source put at a cost of about forty million N40, 000,000= about $200,000= then. This clearly shows this solution can be upscaled at village and local authority level. There are already solar power farms around the world for organisations.
The Solar power solution is easily replicable in many villages in the area and would not be only supplemental but desirable main source of power for any of all of the villages in the area that don't have community power.
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