Much of rural Cameroon does not have access to the national electricity network, and therefore rely on kerosene or diesel as sources of fuel. Reliable and affordable sources of energy are fundamental not only for wellbeing, but also for economic growth and poverty reduction and therefore this was deemed an important area to improve.
The project consisted of two main features: The construction of a diesel and solar panel hybrid generator stored and the containing “hub” building in the centre of the village, and the wiring and infrastructure necessary to connect the generator to the medical centre.
Providing a secure electricity supply has allowed for the medical centre to store vaccinations.This has significantly enhanced its ability to help the local region.
Microfinancing was included as part of the project to ensure that the project is able to be self-sustaining. A mobile phone charge service is run by a cooperative which helps provides income for the project.
Cameroon Catalyst collaborated with the Energy for Development Network based at the University of Southampton, who provided technical assistance throughout the entire project. These expertise were essential in ensuring a successful project was delivered.
You can watch a time-lapse video of the construction of the project below:
Thank you to all the students at the University of Southampton who got involved to help make this project possible.