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Promotion of Microgrids and RES (Renewable Energy Sources) For Electrification in Developing Countries (MICROGRIDS)

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The aim of this project is the promotion and dissemination of the use of micro-grids with high content of RES for the electrification of little rural villages far away from distribution networks in Senegal. The project will last two years (2006-07), involving a series of Senegalese partners interested in the possibilities that this application offers to provide sustainable power for lighting, communications, water pumping, and wealth creating machinery, as well as sustainable heat for cooking, and the heating and cooling of buildings. The first step will be the training of the energy sector professionals, the lecturers and training professionals, the private sector companies and the local authorities in Senegal on the basic concepts related to RES, energy efficiency and micro grids. This training will also include the necessary capacity building so that these professionals can later carry out an analysis of the electrification needs of the rural areas in their country. Later they will carry out an analysis of the electrification needs of the Senegalese rural areas. This information will be the basis for the design of an electrification kit and an educational kit.


  • Promotion of existing technological solutions according to the previous analysis through: organisation of periodical events, development of regional training courses, training of the Senegalese energy sector professionals on the basic concepts.
  • Analysis of the specific electrification needs of the target areas.
  • An electrification kit specially designed to meet the needs of the target areas and an educational kit.
  • Information material in three languages: English, Spanish and French. It will consist of tasks reports, practical guidelines for planning, installing and maintaining a micro grid in a rural village. Information will be available both in paper and in electronic format. For that purpose, a compiler CD-ROM will be ready at the end of the project, with information from training seminars, conferences, etc.

Lessons learned

  • The value of asking people about their problems and solutions. The approach of this project is to carry out an analysis of local electrification needs before trying to suggest any action. This method is the key to come to appropriate solutions and to avoid the temptation to “solve” the problems of people in developing countries from outside.
  • The need to look further away than the scope and deadline for the project. It is quite a common situation that projects are conceived as an individual item and this is a great obstacle for the consecution of long-lasting results. In the particular field of rural electrification, terms like operation and maintenance planning, long-term financial analysis or interrelation with other infrastructures must be carefully handled.
  • Formation is the way. One of the utmost problems relating rural electrification is the lack of local expertise necessary to assure the medium/long term success of the actions, especially in terms of maintaining operation of existing systems and generating new initiatives. Any cooperation project must be guided by the strong purpose of transferring all the information needed by local people. Last updated: 10.08.2010

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José Luis Villate
0034 94 600 22 66
Sabino Elorduizapatarietxe
0034 94 600 22 66


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01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007
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