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Published on 29/06/2016

Madagascar: solar platforms to provide electricity to villages

On 15 June 2016, the first steering committee meeting for the Café Lumière rural electrification project took place in Madagascar. Led by Electricians without Borders (ESF) in partnership with GRET and Positive Planet, this project aims to build six solar platforms in villages in the region of Vakinankaratra, to provide services to approximately 20,000 people. The “cafés lumière” will provide approximately twelve services such as recharging of telephones, rental of rechargeable lamps, production of ice, milling of cereals and other craft activities. As well as developing economic activity in villages, these services will make it possible to provide electricity to local public services such as schools and health centres. The Agency for the development of rural electrification (Ader), the Office for the regulation of electricity (ORE), the chief of the Vakinankaratra region and the General secretary of the Ministry of Energy were present at the steering committee meeting. The General secretary of the Ministry of Energy stressed the interest of the Malagasy State in “this project that makes it possible to meet a specific need in the country, that of electrification of small villages in rural areas, for which no other solution has yet proved pertinent.”

More information on the Café Lumière project (in French)