Solar-wind hybrid water pumping (GEF Small Grants Program & Intercooperation)
The first project of its kind in Mali (solar wind hybrid), pumped water will be sold for watering livestock, to generate income for local people, combat poverty, and produce funds necessary for operation and maintenance. Local technicians are trained for operation and maintenance tasks. The project's aim is to develop the concept of a rural service centre which can use renewable enrgy as a platform for services to local communities to stimulate economic development. The project is carried out in cooperation with InterCooperation (a Swiss NGO) and its JEKASY programme, who also co-fund the project.
The project includes an important component for wind measurements, so that a real understanding of the wind conditions and performance can be gained, allowing subsequent optimisation of future systems. This should allow for significant cost reductions which will facilitate any large scale adoption of the technology. Results gained in this project could provide the basis for a much larger wind project for northern areas of Mali.
In the frame of the GEF objectives, the project represents a reduction of around 4 tonnes of CO2 compared to a diesel pump of similar performance.