Rural Electrification through Solar-energy Systems

Preparation to install a solar street light. Photo by UNDP Guinea-Bissau


This initiative focused on bringing solar energy to 20 villages and expanded the solar-energy component of a previous IBSA Fund project in Guinea-Bissau, incorporating lessons from the five pilot villages that had initially received and had been using solar equipment. It supported all villages to develop effective and sustainable management of solar equipment. 

Key results


  • 20,000 community members benefited from solar energy provided in their homes, schools and community centres, and for street lights and solar water pumps.
  • 120 beneficiaries (62% female) participated in workshops on village mobilization regarding the management of solar-energy systems. Other community members volunteered for the work supporting the installation of solar equipment. 
  • The solar energy in youth centres and schools helped women to learn to read and write in the evenings.

Key features


Communities in 20 villages


25 villages, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, UNDP Guinea-Bissau, Central Electronics Limited




July 2011–May 2015

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