Summary

Total savings :ca. 150 tons of CO₂ per solar PV-plant per year
Technology transfer :remotely monitored PV system in combination with a battery system to supply power to rural communities
Local environment :Reliable access to clean electricity, reduction in the use of diesel generators
Further advantages :improvement of living conditions through a stable power supply, strengthening of the rural economy, access to modern technologies and hence knowledge transfer
Project partners :AGT Electrification Rurale Sarl, Africa GreenTec Asset GmbH

Sustainable access to electricity for people in rural areas

Mali, December 2021: atmosfair builds two Solar Power Centers for rural electrification in the villages of Bananso and Séro-Mélo-Diadjoumbéra together with Africa GreenTec Asset GmbH and its local subsidiary AGT Electrification Rurale Sarl. The village of Bananso, with about 8,000 habitants, is located in the extreme south of Mali in the border region with Côte d’Ivoire. The village of Séro is the main village of the Commune Séro Diamanou. Together with the villages of Mélo and Diadioumbéra, Séro forms a village group with about 15,000 inhabitants, which is located in the north-west of Mali in the border region with Mauritania and Senegal.

Successful commissioning despite difficulties

On 27/09/2021, the SPC for the village association Séro-Mélo-Diadjoumbéra was connected to the grid. The commissioning of the SPC in Bananso took place on 11/12/2021, preceded by a difficult transport of the solar modules and the battery system. Both SPCs were shipped in Antwerp at the end of March 2021 and reached the customs warehouse at the Malian border in mid-May. The military coup of May 25, 2021, which paralyzed all authorities – including the customs authority – fell into this period. Only through many years of experience and negotiating skills of our partner, the release of the first SPC took place at the beginning of July and the second SPC at the beginning of August. However, this is the rainy season in Mali. The heavy transports could only be carried out in small stages and the end of the rainy season had to be awaited for the completion of the installations.

Solar plant achieves full electrification

The two Solar Power Center consist of a solar-PV system with a total output of 153 kWp and a 230 kWh battery energy storage system each, which feed into the existing mini-grids. The newly added systems will achieve cost-effective full electrification “24/7” in the villages. The connected households can therefore completely dispense with diesel generators and approx. 150 tonnes of CO₂ can be saved per year per site.

The two villages are the start of our cooperation with Africa GreenTec Asset GmbH. As part of the agreed roll-out 2022, an additional 10 villages gained access to affordable and clean solar power. In 2023, the storage capacities of the two solar power centers in Bananso and the village grid of Séro-Mélo-Diadjoumbéra are to be expanded. The 2023 roll-out is expected to bring the total number of electrified villages to 19. This will allow more than 2,600 households to be supplied with solar power.

Our Partners

Africa GreenTec Asset GmbH implements sustainable energy solutions that supply entire village communities in rural regions of Mali with electricity. This will also allow people to learn about the new application of solar energy. AGT Electrification Rural Sarl is the local operating company. It is a subsidiary of Africa GreenTec Asset GmbH and headed by a Malian managing director.

Your contact at atmosfair

Kevin Möller
Senior Project Developer
Commercial Lawyer, M.A. Philosophy
+49 (0) 30 120 84 80 – 64