Small wind turbine construction

Project / Creating an industry for construction and sale of small locally made wind turbines for pumping units
Location / Dakar
Launch Year / 2006 — Research project
Developer / EolSénégal

EolSénégal produces small wind turbines built with 95% of local materials and which provide enough energy for electricity and pumping drinking water. In 2013, EolSenegal became a business and started a serial production of wind turbines, sales and installation.

« Femme Soleil » Project

Project / Developing revenue-generating activities for Senegalese women, by means of solar energy
Launch Year / 2009 — Pilot study
Developer / Bati Africa NGO (

Bati Africa NGO wishes to provide sustainable energy to mothers in isolated areas so that these women can pursue income-generating activities. A preliminary study allowed for better understanding of local needs and identified 10 activities that can run on solar energy: sewing, hairdressing, repair work, mobile recharging services, cinema, Internet... Unfortunately, the project is unable to continue at this time, as subsidized funding is not yet confirmed.

Solar refrigeration and cold storage systems

Project / Marketing and installation of solar powered cold storage chambers and milk tanks in rural areas
Location / Namarel
Launch Year / 2012 — Pilot study
Developer / Association Africa Solar Food (

In West Africa, it is estimated that over 40% of crops are lost due to lack of conservation. Cesbron has developed cold storage chambers and milk tanks which run on solar energy and are designed specifically for use in developing countries. Unfortunately, at the time of our visit and to this day, the milk tank was not yet installed in a rural area.

Center for integrated research, training and sustainable agriculture

Project / Center for integrated research, training and sustainable agriculture
Location / Porto-Novo
Launch Year / 1985 — In progress
Developer / Songhaï NGO (

The NGO Songhaï has served in Benin and the sub region of West Africa as a model for agricultural development and food processing that adds value to every step of the food production cycle. The Porto Novo Center and the other Songhaï centers are proof that the full cycle of food production can take place in rural areas, and that these areas can be independent financially, energetically, and agriculturally.

Democratic republic of the Congo
Agroforestry and Rural Development

Project / Carbon sequestration and production of cassava and charcoal from sustainably managed forests
Location / Bateke Plateau
Launch Year / 2012 — Operational
Developer / Novacel (

Novacel Company supports this project of rural development located 150 km east of Kinshasa and is animated by an economic, a social, and an environmental logic. This project is about converting 8,000 hectares of natural grassland into a successful economic agroforestry: carbon wells and cassava production center, but also wood energy to power the Kinshasa area.

east africa
Developing Energy Enterprises Project

Project / Providing modern energy services to 1.5 million people living in rural and peri-urban areas in East Africa
Location / Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda
Launch Year / 2008 — Completed
Developer / GVEP (Global Village Energy Partnership) (

Since 2008, the Developing Energy Enterprises Project (DEEP) aims to increase the availability of renewable, efficient, and sustainable energy at an affordable price for populations in rural and peri-urban areas. It helped nearly 900 micro and small businesses offering solar lighting and mobile recharging services, as well as improved cook stove and biomass briquette production.

Improved cook stoves

Project / Distribution of improved cook stoves in rural areas
Launch Year / 2011 — In progress
Developer / UpEnergy (

With a deforestation rate of 2% per year, Uganda has lost 40% of its forest mass in the last 20 years. 85% of this deforestation is attributed to overconsumption of wood used for cooking by 80% of the population. Taking this into consideration, the start-up UpEnergy has started marketing improved cook stoves (ICS) that consume nearly half the wood of traditional cooking methods.

Improved cook stoves

Project / Local production and distribution of improved cook stoves
Launch Year / 2006 — Operational
Developer / Uganda Stove Manufacturers Limited (

In Uganda, families spend as much as 15% of their annual income on cooking fuels. Founded in the 1980s, Ugastove Ltd is a family-owned company which produces ICS that are more energy-efficient and less air-polluting than traditional cooking methods.