Light over Africa
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Light over Africa is a project aimed at delivering solar electrification to public interest buildings (mainly schools and clinics) in Mali, Uganda and Burkina Faso. We work in collaboration with trusted local NGOs, to ensure the proper installation quality and to secure the needed training.
Learn more about the Project
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Follow the project
- Sun Generator project
- More Light! project
- More Energy! – Build a solar power bank
- JEEP Folkecenter Uganda
- Mali Folkecenter Nyetaa
On this page you will all the material related to the project, all the relevant updates and a list of the installations carried out until now. The installations can also be found on the map.
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Want to know more?
he book “Light over Africa” provides an insight of the project and it describes shows many pictures of the installations in Uganda, Mali and Burkina Faso.
In addition to that, the book has…COMPLETE TEXT
The book can be purchased both online and by contacting Folkecenter.
About the Project
The project started in 1998 from a wish of Folkecenter to give a concrete help to rural districts in developing countries. Rural areas are often the last ones to receive infrastructure, despite their importance for a country.
The electrification rate in Africa is among the lowest in the world and this situation in even more difficult in rural districts, where only few people have access to electricity. To us, from the industrialized part of the world, living without electricity (and the associated commodities) seems impossible, but that’s the daily challenge for the locals.
Lack of electricity is lack of development
We wanted to tackle this problem in a serious way, so we asked ourselves how could we have the biggest impact. The answer was simple: by involving schools!
Schools are the cradle of a community (not only in Africa!): here is where people are formed, so what’s a better place for promoting renewable energies than a school?
The idea is simple: every village gets a solar PV installation which is installed on the school’s facilities, so that four hours of artificial light is guaranteed every day. In this way, children can use the school during the day (when the sun shines and there is for illumination), while the parents can attend evening classes, therefore increasing their working possibilities.
Most important: the installation is not coming as a given: instead, local electricians are trained to take care of it, so that the operation of the system can be guaranteed for many years.
The project runs in Uganda, Mali and Burkina Faso, where we collaborate with local NGOs; they help us selecting the schools which should receive the donation and they take care to properly educate the technicians. We have been in close cooperation with these organizations since long time, so trust is not an issue.
The goal of the project is to provide 10,000 systems to the schools. The way is still long, but (also) with your help we can succeed!
Who is Paying for that?
The project is financed on a donation basis. In the past years we have received donations from individuals, organizations and even private companies, who are happy to invest your CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) to support the initiative.
Installing a system for a school costs about 1,000 Euro; this sum includes:
- 1 x 100 W PV panel
- 1 x charge controller
- 1 x 100 Ah sealed battery
- 10 x 10 W LED lighting armaturers with special sockets
- 1 x on/off switch in each classroom
- Salaries for the local NGO to educate the technicians
It takes 10 million Euro to give light to 2 million people – that is only 5 Euro per person!
Hopefully, with the More Light! Project we will be able to lower the cost even further. You can find more about that project here.
Danske Commodities have invested for three years in row in the project, allowing Mali to have 30 new installations every year.
You can find their SROI (Social Return on Investment) reports here:
Danske Commodities – 2018
Danske Commodities – 2019
Danske Commodities – 2020
Energinord (now Nordlys)
In the Project “Lys i Africa” (Light in Africa), Energinord’s customer (now Nordlys) have three options to donate to a solar-powered lamp called “Little sun” in Uganda:
- Buy “Light in Africa” electricity, in which case 0.02 DKK (0.0027 Euro) per sold kilowatt will be devoted to the project. This results, on average, to two the distribution of two solar lamps per household/year;
- Pay 100 DKK (13.44 Euro) to send a solar lamp to Uganda;
- Buy a solar lamp, which leads to both distribution of the solar lamp to locals and PV installation in Uganda (Energinord-Nordlys) pays 10 DKK (1.34 Euro) for each sale, to install PV systems at schools & clinics);
Until 2015, the number of solar lamps sent to Uganda was 28,500.
List of Installations
|1||Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy||Educational institution||Denmark|
|2||Mali Folkecenter NYETAA||Educational institution||Mali|
|3||JEEP Folkecenter||Educational institution||Uganda|
|4||Community of Bougoula||Solar lighting||Koulikoro||Mali||2011||–|
|5||Community in Kossa||Solar lighting||Koulikoro||Mali||2009||BØRNEfonden|
|6||Community in Bougoula||Solar water pumping||Koulikoro||Mali||2015||–|
|7||Community in Massigui||Solar mini-grid||Koulikoro||Mali||2015||–|
|8||Community in Monzonblena||Solar lighting||Koulikoro||Mali||2009||BØRNEfonden|
|9||Community in Zanbala||Solar lighting + solar water pumping||Koulikoro||Mali||2002||Danida|
|10||Massigui School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|11||Zanbala clinic||Solar refrigerator||Sikasso||Mali||2002||Danida|
|12||Bafaga Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||–||IsF Rioja|
|13||Bamba Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|14||Banankélé School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|15||Banzana Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|16||Beko Sokoro Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||–||IsF Rioja|
|17||Community in Falani-Fadia||Solar lighting + solar phone charging||Sikasso||Mali||2005||MMC|
|18||Community in Niamala||Solar lighting + solar water pumping||Sikasso||Mali||2002||Danida|
|19||Community in Tabakoro||Solar lighting + solar water pumping||Sikasso||Mali||2002||Danida|
|20||Community in Tinankolomba||Solar ligthing + solar phone charging||Sikasso||Mali||2005||MMC|
|21||Défina Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|22||Dègné Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|23||Diaka Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||–||IsF Rioja|
|24||Djiné Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|25||Djiné School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|26||Djinètoumanina Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|27||Djinètoumanina School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|28||Djinètoumanina School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2012||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|29||Djissan (Kolondieba) School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|30||Domba School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|31||Doussoudiana Clinic I||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|32||Doussoudiana School II||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|33||Doussoudiana School III||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2012||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|34||Fangala Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|35||Farabalé Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|36||Farabalé School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|37||Filamana Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|38||Filamana School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2012||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|39||Foulalaba School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|40||Gouna School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|41||Kandirila Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|42||Kandjirila School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2012||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|43||Kara (kolondieba) School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|44||Kébila Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||–||IsF Rioja|
|45||Kodjougou School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|46||Kola Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2012||IsF Rioja|
|47||Koniko Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|48||Konza Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2002||IsF Rioja|
|49||Koumantou School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2002||Danida|
|50||Madina Diassa Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|51||Madina Diassa School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|52||Madina Diassa School 2||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2012||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|53||Mafèlè Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|54||Mafèlè School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|55||Makana (Kolondieba) School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|56||Mamissan Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||–||IsF Rioja|
|57||Mena (Kolondieba) School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|58||Narembougou Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|59||Narembougou School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|60||Narembougou School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|61||Niamala Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2002||Danida|
|62||Sanankourouni Clinic||Solar refrigeration||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|63||Sandougoula School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|64||Sangaredjing School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|65||Siékorolé Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|66||Siékorolé School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|67||Simpiyala Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|68||Simpiyala School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|69||Sodioula Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2002||IsF Rioja|
|70||Sola School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Preben Maegaard’s 75th birthday|
|71||Soromba Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|72||Soromba school||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|73||Tabakoro Clinic||Solar refrigeration||Sikasso||Mali||2002||Danida|
|74||Tadougoukondié Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||–||IsF Rioja|
|75||Worompana Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|76||Worompana School||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|77||Zanso Clinic||Solar lighting||Sikasso||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|78||San School||Solar lighting||Ségou||Mali||2014|
|79||Ber Clinic||Solar lighting||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|80||Ber School||Solar lighting||Tombouctou||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|81||Community in Tombouctou||Solar water pumping||Tombouctou||Mali||2009||–|
|82||Er Intedjeft Clinic||Solar lighting||Tombouctou||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|83||Er Intedjeft School||Solar lighting||Tombouctou||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|84||Tehardjé Clinic||Solar lighting||Tombouctou||Mali||2011||Merkur Cooperative Bank|
|85||Koussané School||Solar lighting||Tombouctou||Mali||2011||–|
|86||Bumangi Primary School||Solar lighting||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||CISU|
|87||Buzzibwera Secondary School||Solar lighting + solar phone charger||Central Region||Uganda||2014||EN|
|88||Community in Buikwe||Providing solar lanterns||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||SS|
|89||Community in Kalangala||Providing solar lantern||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2015||EN|
|90||Community in Luweero||Providing solar lanterns||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2013||EN|
|91||Community in Mpigi||Providing solar lanterns||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2015||EN|
|92||Community in Mukono||Providing solar lantern||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||EN|
|93||Community in Nakasongola||Providing solar lanterns||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||SEED|
|94||Community in Wabutungulu||Solar phone charge||Central Region||Uganda||2008||SEED|
|95||Energy shop in Kiyoola||Solar phone charger||Central Region||Uganda||2009||PD|
|96||Energy shop in Ssese islands||Solar phone charger||Central Region||Uganda||2009||PD|
|97||Energy shop in Wabutungulu||Solar phone charger||Central Region||Uganda||2008||CISU|
|98||Kibazo Primary School||Solar lighting||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||CISU|
|99||Kyetume Primary School||Solar lighting||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||CISU|
|100||St. Charles Lwanga Kibaale Primary School||Solar lighting||Central Region||Uganda||2014||MCB|
|101||St. Kizito Bbeta Primary School||Solar lighting||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||CISU|
|102||St. Kizito Primary School||Solar lighting||Central Region||Uganda||2014||MCB|
|103||St. Maria Gorrett Primary School||Solar lighting||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||CISU|
|104||St. Mary’s Kimera Primary School||Solar lighting + solar phone charger||Central Region||Uganda||2014||EN|
|105||Wabutungulu Primary School||Solar lighting||Central Region||Uganda||2011-2012||CISU|