Local Demonstration of Climate Services for Renewable Electricity Regeneration in Rural West Africa

The “Climate Information for Integrated Renewable Electricity Generation” (CIREG project) is deploying demand-driven climate services that address existing needs of policy makers and rural communities in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, and Togo (Figure 1). 
The CIREG project installed three demonstrators of renewable electricity generation to communities: 

• An off-grid photo-voltaic (PV) power plant (Photo 1a), in Sekoukou (Niger). About 120 households of the village were connected, each receiving two lighting points and a multipurpose power socket.
• A centralized PV-based borehole water pumping system (Photo 1b) in Bonkoukou (Niger) to provide access to clean water for consumption and micro-irrigation of the villagers.
• A hybrid Hydropower-solar power generation in Gbandidi (Togo) to provide electricity to the local community business center. 

The three demonstrators are flexible to future extensions and directly managed by the local communities. The community management business model is responsible for the maintenance, security, and payments for the long term sustainability of the demonstrators and their potential future extensions. Additional research activities are on-going in these demonstrator sites to showcase of local climate services provision through WASCAL (www.wascal.org ) in partnership with the consortium members of the project.

The CIREG project (https://cireg.pik-potsdam.de/) is part of ERA4CS, an ERA-NET Co-fund action initiated by JPI Climate, funded by BMBF (DE), FORMAS (SE), BELSPO (BE), and IFD (DK) with co-funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Program (Grant 690462). The project is managed by the Potsdam institute on Climate impact research (PIK) and the consortium members include SEI, ZEF, VUB, DTU and WASCAL.

Authors: Seyni Salack1, Safiétou Sanfo1, Adjara Dindane1, Aida Ganaba1, Arthur Guischet2, Girma K. Mensuro2, Stefan Liersch3,
 1WASCAL, Competence Centre, Blvd Moammar El-Khadafi, 06BP 9507 Ouagadougou 06, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,
2Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Genscherallee 3, D-53113 BONN
3Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), RD2 Climate Resilience, Telegraphenberg A31, 14473 Potsdam, Germany

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Figure 1: Case study countries and the location of demonstrator sites of the CIREG project

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Photo 1a: Family photo with recipients of the off-grid PV power plant at Sékoukou (Niger) for househould electricity consumption.

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Photo 1b: Focus group discussion with farmers receiving the PV-based borehole water pumping system in Bonkoukou (Niger).

CIREG project LPI Stefan Liersch, Wednesday 20 May 2020