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Sun at work. Solar Fund for Tanzanian Secondary Schools

Lack of access to reliable and environmental-friendly electricity is a significant problem in countries of East Africa. It also affects the Tanzanian region of Arusha, where more than 50% of secondary schools cannot use a fixed and affordable source of electricity. As a result, their students do not benefit optimally from school time and build their knowledge based on modern sources of information. Thus, they lag behind in terms of the plans for personal development and the position on the labour market.

Increasing access to energy from renewable sources by creating a model of energy cooperative with recovery fund will result in the creation of appropriate conditions for education of young people living in the region. Equipment of three schools (with a total of 1,750 students) with small solar power plants will result in the improvement of educational offer of schools, reduction in poverty and increase in the access to renewable energy.

The project is based on the achievements of 2 projects: the Oikos East Africa project “RAY BEST – Bringing Energy Services is a Tanzanian Rural Areas” conducted in 2008-2011 and financed by the EU, and the project to build solar installations conducted by the Foundation in cooperation with the OAS in 2012.

Sun at work. Solar Fund for Tanzanian Secondary Schools

The project will be implemented from 1 May to 31December 2015 in the region of Arusha. It consists of the supply of three schools in their own renewable energy sources (RES). It will also lead to the elaboration of model solutions to ensure the sustainability of projects supplying energy from RES installations in rural areas. The main objectives of the project include: to increase access to renewable energy in secondary schools in Arusha region, to increase the competitiveness of the offers of educational institutions, to strengthen the potential use of renewable energy sources in the region and to increase the protection of environment due to the use of renewable and distributed energy sources.

In the framework of the project 3 schools from northern region of Tanzania will be equipped with a small solar power plants allowing to use resources optimally, and it causes the improvement of their educational offer. In addition, the cooperative model of energy with the recovery fund will be developed and launched, which leads to the increase of the sustainability of project results. The task of the newly established cooperative will be not only taking care of the installations planned in the project, but also planning and implementing the projects about expansion of the network of solar power plants in the region.

The project beneficiaries are the youth of Arusha region who attend rural high schools in Kisimiri Chini (900 students), Arusha (275 students) and Longido (600 students). These institutions will create better conditions for education by creating infrastructure and management model providing access to renewable and reliable electricity.

The indirect beneficiaries of the project are families (Maasai and Meru agricultural population) who send their children to schools participating in the project (7 000 people). Transferring the experience gained in the project to the next planned power plants in the region, creates an opportunity to significantly increase its positive impact.

Sun at work. Solar Fund for Tanzanian Secondary Schools

The project was implemented between 1 May and 31 December 2015.

As a result of the project, three schools in the Arusha Region, attended by more than 2,000 students, were equipped with solar power sources, thus gaining continuous access to electricity. In addition, the project facilitated the setting up of an energy cooperative and repair fund, which will maintain the installations (including replacement of their components) and work to expand the network of solar power plants in the region. The actions described contributed to a reduction of the environmental impact caused by the use of petrol-fired electric power generators.