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Phaesun provides Mozambique with solar energy

The Germany-based offgrid specialist started the project on Mozambique’s rural electrification in the parish of Pessene on 23 July. On 22 July, Phaesun had built up the first Pico systems, small offgrid systems with a capacity of up to 10 watts, included in the project.
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The Germany-based offgrid specialist started the project on Mozambique’s rural electrification in the parish of Pessene on 23 July.

On 22 July, Phaesun had built up the first Pico systems, small offgrid systems with a capacity of up to 10 watts, included in the project.

A primary school and two accommodations for teachers are now illuminated by the 15 solar lamps installed.

The 300,000 euro project will last for two years, and 50 percent of the investment costs are covered by the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft.

Phaesun will establish a sustained trader network for the distribution of the Pico systems together with their project partner Coseba in Mozambique, running training courses for ten to 15 traders in Sofala.

Phaesun cooperation partner, Sonnenplus GmbH, will also train ten to 15 traders in Maputo.

First solar shops

As a second step, the project partners will then establish ‘solar shops’ and ‘solar kiosks’, selling systems and renting out lamps.

The partners intend to open the first shops by mid 2011.

“Thanks to Pico systems, African people who had to cope without electricity are now given the chance to provide themselves with electric light by virtue of their own efforts and their own funds,” said Peter Adelmann, professor at the University of Ulm, adding: “Modern Pico systems are up to ten times less the price than traditional Solar Home systems.”

“Simultaneously with the revolutionary advance of highly efficient LEDs that could be observed last year, a very high energy density with lithium batteries and reduced prices for solar modules, we have succeeded in introducing high-quality and durable Pico systems at very economic prices on the market”, Phaesun Managing Director Tobias Zwirner explained.

“The Sundaya Ulitium Lamp Kits which are exclusively distributed by Phaesun are durable high-tech products which low-income buyers can also afford,” he added.




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