After spending six months in India where they received training on solar energy techniques and technologies, "grandmothers" have decided to put their talents into local development. Thus on 1 March 2012, they launched the lighting projects of 600 households with solar energy. It was in the village of boala, about fifty miles of Kaya, in the Namentenga province.
The purpose of these six projects, costing a total of 375 million CFA francs, is to allow each willing household to supply solar energy for their fixed lamp, solar light lantern and a socket (for charging mobile phones) etc.., according to the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Jean Kouldiaty, head of the launching ceremony. The "grandmothers" union formed, will have to install and manage small units of solar energy in their villages while maintenance costs of solar equipment will be managed by communities. “This training allows these women to become role models for youth in the community, both girls and boys”. Added the Minister for Kouldiaty, "My wish is to see this event as a springboard to strengthen state efforts and technical and financial partners and promoting the use of alternative energy by creating a training in solar energy at schools.”
For Pascal Karorero, the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Burkina Faso, "this initiative is of particular interest for our organization and the UN." He said the lighting of 600 rural households contribute to the preservation of biological diversity, children's education, promotion of income generating activities and reducing the rural exodus. "The initiative also aims to achieve three interrelated goals for 2030 which are universal access to modern energy services and doubling the rate of improvement of energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the energy mix, "said Mr. Karorero.
Basma Jalloul – International Green Energy Perth WA Correspondent – 07/03/2012