Case study: Designing decentralized solar energy solution for a remote village of Maji community
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Master of Development Practice
Thesis - Open Access
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The main objective of this capstone paper is to identify the barriers in developing sustainable solar-powered electricity for rural Ethiopia and to review solutions and access the practical challenges using a case study called “Maji Decentralized Off-grid Solar Energy Project (MDOSEP)”. The findings in the case study showed that even though there are many challenges in providing solar solutions for an entire rural community, it is possible to have an impact step-by-step using different approaches. The project used PAYGO payment option for distribution of Solar Home Systems (SHS) in which customers pay a deposit, and commit to making ongoing payments, and collaborated with the private sector, NGOs, and regional government agencies to raise funds for large scale community based solar solutions. The project in the case study has been able to achieve distribution of more than 300 SHSs, installation of a 15.6 kWp solar water pumping system for drinking and a 33.3 kWp solar system for Maji Hospital. The project started engaging Women Self-help Groups and working to reach out to more households and serve community needs in the area.
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© Yonas Workie Cherenet
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Cherenet, Yonas Workie, "DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE SOLAR-POWERED ELECTRICITY FOR RURAL ETHIOPIA" (2021). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 1050.