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New Hybrid Mini-grid Projects Inaugurated by FRES in Mali

 

June 26, 2014

After three years of ground work in Mali, the Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in partnership with its sister company SSD-EN SA Yeelen Kura has inaugurated eight hybrid mini-grid projects in south Mali.

Powering Mali - FRESFoundation Rural Energy Services is powering Mali with hybrid solar PV mini-grids. Photo: FRES

The inauguration ceremony was held in Koumantou in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mali, His Excellency Moussa MARA, the government of the Netherlands, the Russian Federation and representatives of donors and other international organizations.

The eight hybrid solar PV (with diesel genset back up) mini-grids will have a total installed capacity of 550 kWp. Six of the mini-grids, with an installed capacity of 350 kWp, were funded by the Malian Government (AMADER) / World Bank (Russian Trust Fund) and FRES/NUON. Two, with an installed capacity of 200 kWp, were funded by the government of the Netherlands (DGIS) and FRES/NUON.

Currently, Yeelen Kura has more than 5,000 customers in Mali and hopes to expand its reach. By pursuing rural electrification as a means of socio-economic development, the company hopes to help create jobs and improves living conditions in rural areas. By facilitating reliable refrigeration for vaccines and ensuring that medical supplies are delivered in a good condition Yeelen Kura contributes to the overall improvement in the quality of care provided by health care facilities in the region. In schools and homes, better lighting helps children get a better education and do their homework in the evenings. Provision of solar lighting across Malian households has helped reduce in-door pollution and the risk of fire from the use of candles.

Read the FRES Press Release here.