SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL
In early 2012, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon formally launched the U.N.’s International Year of Sustainable Energy for All Initiative whose goals are to: ensure universal access to modern energy services for the world’s poor; double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.
SELF has made a commitment to the initiative to scale-up its Whole Village Development Model, an integrated approach to community empowerment using a diverse mix of solar energy solutions to improve the lives of people who don’t have access to electricity.
SELF will begin installing eight new solar powered drip irrigation systems– SELF Solar Market Gardens™ – in the villages of Basso, Kidaroukperou, Peonga, Kourel, Derrassi, Angaradebou, Gbessakperou, and Kalalé-ville located in Benin, West Africa. Installation of solar energy systems to power water wells will also be installed so that residents of the region may have access to clean drinking water.
Additionally, SELF will install solar energy systems to power two primary schools and one secondary school in each of the villages of Bessassi and Dunkassa located in northern Benin to power lighting and computers that will be able to access the internet.
To help improve the overall well-being of those living in the villages of Bessassi and Dunkassa and throughout the surrounding region, solar energy systems will be installed at two health clinics to power facility and examination lighting, vaccine refrigerators and diagnostic equipment.
In 2013, SELF will continue implementing solar systems in northern Benin to further extend the development of its Whole Village Development Model, with systems being installed to power a microenterprise center that will enable small businesses – such as barbers, cell phone charging stations, and others – to establish themselves and provide services to local communities.
SELF will install solar electric systems at 11 health care facilities and one hospital located along the southwest coast of Haiti to improve the quality of medical services provided to more than 170,000 Haitians by powering lights, microscopes, centrifuges, autoclaves, vaccine refrigerators and other lifesaving equipment. In the central plateau of Haiti, SELF will support agricultural development and ensure food security through the implementation of one of its Solar Market Gardens™ and solar systems to power a fish farm, helping to deliver fresh fish to the people of the region and also spur economic development.
To further support educational development in the central plateau of Haiti, SELF will also provide solar power to 20 additional schools. In addition, to help revitalize communities in Boucan Carré, Haiti, SELF will install solar systems to power two microenterprise centers that will support the development of small businesses.
To achieve each of these projects, SELF will continue to work closely with its partners such as the Clinton Global Initiative, NRG Energy, Inc., Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, Partners In Health, and others to achieve these projects.