Self-contained lighting in the villages of Burkina Faso Centre-East

Self-contained direct current lighting system from a LED-type solar lamp


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About the project Edit

Access to electric energy (lighting) is a main concern in many communities and for policy-makers in developing countries. Lighting, especially at night in rural areas, lengthens the day and makes life pleasant and comfortable. However, providing electricity by power lines for a few concessions isn’t something that can be taken for granted given that the dispersed housing structure and exorbitant costs of electricity production systems. One of the major opportunities for these communities without electricity is self-contained lighting.

For a long time, self-contained lighting in these villages meant kerosene lamps with adverse affects mainly to the user’s health (smoke and fire hazard) . Another possibility is currently being carried out by the NGO Tin Tua/Local Agency of the National Program for Multifunctional Development Association in partnership with the project Local Development Funds in the provinces of Kourittenga, Koulpélogo and Kompienga (PFDL/3K), Oxfam Québec and the company Burkina Énergie and Technologie Appropriée (BETA). This last structure is partnered with la Fondation Énergie pour le Monde (Fondem) and highly subsidized by this foundation in the initiative.

Named "108", this project’s goal is to install 108 LED lamps in the households and social services under the management of the Béka and Boto villages that will benefit. Each village received 54 LED lamps and solar panels to facilitate recharging.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The direct current LED-type solar lighting system allows households to have lighting without being connected to a power grid. In fact, lighting directly from central electricity production can be outside of rural households. This is possible with LED lamps and once drained, they can be recharged from solar panels and/or a multifunctional platform that has a charge table of mobile phones and batteries. Also, this direct current lighting system (Elixo-type portable lamp) allows an entire village of residents to replace their kerosene lamps with solar ones.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Unlike kerosene lamps, self-contained LED rural concession lamps give households better lighting without pollution. Moreover, kerosene lamps can be a source of burns and even fire. For the user, the investment to acquire an LED lamp comes to less than two years plus financial benefits unlike a kerosene lamp.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Self-contained lighting in the villages of Boto and Béka is a project set up as part of the implementation of the Burkina Faso multifunctional platform in partnership with PFDL/3K, Oxfam Québec and the company BETA. Since this experience, all of the 300 other villages in the eastern and central-eastern regions of Burkina Faso could benefit as well. Even better, communities in the eleven other Burkina regions could also benefit. In addition, the company BETA in partnership with FONDEM is implementing this initiative in other Burkina Faso villages.

As a sub-regional, this multifunctional platform project is not excluded as other member countries in the network implement this innovation.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Access to electrical energy (lighting) is one of the reasons why villages rely on the platform. However, providing electricity to an entire village using power lines isn’t always possible as it can be quite costly. Therefore, to solve this problem, we thought a self-contained lighting system would result in less costs and more accessibility to most villagers.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

BETA in partnership with the Tin Tua NGO Support Unit Council is having a recharging system equipped with LED lamps and high-definition rechargeable batteries installed. The system will work like any other lighting system. Installation is technically simple, as well as modular making it adjustable to the number of residents. The solar panel can also charge mobile phones. People can have lamps for a monthly fee (1,000/month) or an annual fee for financing and management of equipment will be applied to the user. To recharge, clients can opt for a monthly fee or recharging payment.

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