A project for supplying ‘Solar Home Systems’ in Off-grid areas in Rwanda
This project is a result of the „UEM Feasibility Study on Options of Using and Financing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Church Buildings in Tanzania and Rwanda” is a continuation of our work for environmental care and disaster risk reduction. Moreover, this feasibility study showed that it is possible for the UEM member Churches to implement environmental protection projects by investing in renewable energy sources (such as Solar Home Systems) in cooperation with ONE-FOR-THE-CLIMATE, whereby the invested capital has to be repaid back.
We have worked out a proposal for a pilot project for supplying ‘Solar Home Systems’ in Off-grid areas, which fits well in the new model, of investing in renewable energy sources, because it will improve the living condition of poorer people, it will serve the environment, it will be repaid back through the available savings and credit cooperatives and it allows joint funding by civil societies in the North and South as the beneficiaries are willing and ready to pay 30% of the investment in advance.
We are still working on modalities and finances to kickstart this pilot project. But we are willing to implement many more projects of this kind; of introducing investments in renewable energy sources.
The general objectives of this project are:
- To introduce investments in renewable energy sources by supplying ‘Solar Home Systems’ in Off-grid areas, whereby the invested capital will be repaid back.
- To promote environmental protection by introducing use of renewable energy technology in remote areas to reduce consumption of fossil fuels as well as to reduce accompanied eye and respiratory diseases.
- To improve the livelihood of poorer people in remote off-grid areas by giving them the possibility of working at night or to be productive even at night and by giving them access to information and communication (radio, TV, mobile phone charging).
NOTE: If you are willing to support us, especially by enabling us to invest in renewable energy and pay back the investment capital, please get in contact with us directly or through the UEM Africa department in Germany. Wo would be very thankful to get your support for promoting environmental protection in this quite new and innovative manner in our region.