Memmingen, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Phaesun GmbH recently completed workshops on the technical and economical details of solar technology with 60 Ugandan participants. Working along with Phaesun were a number of German partners including the German Solar Industry Association, BSW-Solar and the GTZ. Representatives from the Ugandan solar companies, as well as potential industry clients and bank representatives, took part in the training workshop “Develop Solar!” in Uganda’s capital Kampala.
Together with the participants, the solar experts from Germany installed three solar power plants on the roofs of a training center in the city.
“We dimensioned both of the smaller systems with outputs of 195 and 330 watts, respectively, for lighting and operation of radios, televisions and refrigerators,” said Phaesun’s Matthias Kaiser.
The three systems, which were connected into what the company is calling a “minigrid system”, have a total capacity of 1050 watts, or just over 1 kilowatt, and was built to electrify apartment houses, hospitals and farms that are located far from the grid. In addition to designing the systems, the company was also responsible for the overall logistics of the training workshop.
Phaesun exports about half of its products to Africa. The company has been active in Uganda since 2005.
“Until now, we have primarily carried out projects in Uganda with the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ),” said Boumedien Habibes, Phaesun’s sales manager for Africa and France. “The workshop in Uganda went very well for us. We convinced the solar companies on location of our know-how and our products, and subsequently wrote numerous quotations. The Uganda solar companies want to become the photovoltaic market leader in eastern Africa . I look forward to the further development of this very promising market.”