Grid Scale, Off-Grid, Solar

Phaesun offgrid solar electricity project ramps in Mozambique

Phaesun GmbH is providing rural Mozambique with off-grid solar energy. Phaesun opened the project with the first Pico photovoltaics systems, small offgrid systems with a capacity of up to 10W, installed. A primary school and two accommodations for teachers will be illuminated by the 15 solar lamps installed.

Inaugural event in Pessene on July 23, 2010. Delegation of the Ministry of Energy of Mozambique with vice minister Jaime Himede (first row, 4th from left)
Electrified school in Pessene in the evening at the inaugural event
Inaugural event in Pessene. Delegation of the Ministry of Energy of Mozambique with vice minister Jaime Himede (on the left, next to the banner). Further persons: Professor Peter Adelmann (2nd from right); Phaesun Managing Director Tobias Zwirner (6th from left)
Sundaya Ulitium Solar System installed on a typical Mozambiquean dwelling.
Sundaya Ulitium Solar System (night view).
Sundaya Ulitium Solar System installed – interior view.
Students of the Eduardo Mondlane University Maputo after the lecture on photovoltaics. Pictured persons: Professor Peter Adelmann (1st row, 3rd from right); Phaesun Managing Director Tobias Zwirner (1st row, 1st from left)

“Solar shops” and “solar kiosks” sell solar systems and rent out lamps at the same time.

(August 30, 2010) — Phaesun GmbH is providing households, small business enterprises and public  institutions in Mozambique with off-grid solar energy. With an inaugural event on July 23, attended by about 70 visitors, the offgrid specialist started the project on the rural electrification of Mozambique in the parish of Pessene, situated approx. 50 kilometres from Maputo. Phaesun opened the project with the first Pico photovoltaics systems, small offgrid systems with a capacity of up to 10W, installed. From now on, a primary school and two accommodations for teachers will be illuminated by the 15 solar lamps installed. 

The 300.000-Euro-project is going to last for two years. 50% of the investment costs are covered by the Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft. As a first step, 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 10 to 15 traders in the province of Sofala in the east of the country. At the same time, Phaesun cooperation partner Sonnenplus GmbH will train 10 to 15 traders in the province of Maputo.  

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. Peter Adelmann, professor at the University of Ulm/Germany, will hold lectures on photovoltaics for the students of Electrical Engineering at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo to increase the broad effect of the project. He is planning to establish these lectures as a permanent feature at universities in Mozambique.

Pico systems provide, for African people who had to cope without electricity, the chance to use electric light by virtue of their own efforts and their own funds, says Adelmann, adding that Modern Pico systems are up to ten times below the price of 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 installations at very economic prices on the market,” Phaesun managing director Tobias Zwirner explains, adding that Sundaya Ulitium Lamp Kits, which are exclusively distributed by Phaesun, are durable hightech products that low-income buyers can afford. Read more about batteries and other balance of system components here.

Phaesun GmbH, based Memmingen/Germany, sells, services, and installs offgrid photovoltaic and wind power systems. www.phaesun.com