MRC Unit The Gambia has taken a bold step to install the biggest solar power generation system in The Gambia. The solar panels will use the sun’s energy and convert it to electrical power which will be fed directly into the MRCG Fajara internal distribution electrical system to augment capacity and offset consumption costs. This current project consists of installing solar panels which will generate up to 65 kilowatts per hour. In time, more will be mounted on other roofs across all field stations including Keneba and Basse.
In Fajara alone, power consumption is over 240,000 kilowatts per month. After this solar power project is fully operational, we expect to produce 15,000 kilowatts per month which equates to a savings of up to 6% and will also increase our overall energy capacity, as we are constantly growing.
The installation is being carried out by Azimut 360 who work in partnership with the Fandema Training Center which is a female skills development and training centre in Tujereng. The word Fandema is Mandinka meaning help yourself. The project empowers young vulnerable women who have not been able to complete their education to learn life skills such as how to manage their finances and develop their literacy skills, to help build a better future for themselves and their families.
Their participation in the solar installation at MRC Unit The Gambia, gives them the practical knowledge to become professional solar installators and develop their technical skills.