SIRDEP Works to Promote Solar Technology in the North West

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SIRDEP’s Natural Resource Management component has developed a concept which promotes solar technology as a way of improving living standards for those in the North West region of Cameroon.  The general concept focuses on 1) building capacity of Cameroonian youth on installing, using, and maintaining solar equipment and 2) creating a pilot project—fitted with the proper equipment—which provides youths practical learning opportunities and end users a more efficient source of energy.

While SIRDEP has been informally exploring solar options over the past year, pursuing the concept was formalized in our 2011 – 2015 Strategic Plan and subsequently incorporated into operations.  We quickly realized that we needed a greater level of analysis regarding solar technology and its potential. 

SIRDEP has engaged the Franklin House Consulting Group—a renewable research group based in the United States—to provide a quantitative analysis of the solar potential in Cameroon, as well as advice for SIRDEP moving forward with our concept. 

We are happy to report that a draft analysis has been developed and is being further refined before it is officially launched.  Based on preliminary findings, SIRDEP’s anecdotal field-level evidence has been strongly supported by the formal analysis.  The report reinforces that SIRDEP should take the next step and continue developing its solar concept.  We have been in a number of discussions with potential partners and the environment seems primed for a project to be executed.  As always, there is much work to be done!

SIRDEP thanks the team at the Franklin House Consulting Group and looks forward to continuing our collaboration with them. 

Please contact us at sirdepconsult@yahoo.com with any questions or comments on SIRDEP’s solar concept. 

-the SIRDEP communications team

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About SIRDEP
The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

One Response to SIRDEP Works to Promote Solar Technology in the North West

  1. Mbah Grace says:

    Great initiative. Hope funding can be got to implement the concept.

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