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Development of institutional framework for the instalment, use and management of solar PV systems in the Gambia

Context

In finding a sustainable, affordable and reliable energy solution to meet its needs, Gambia has incorporated in its energy strategy the solution to leapfrog the dirty development pathways followed by countries in the global North and power its economies and its societies through renewable energy decarbonisation of the electricity sector. Solar PV is the most common renewable energy technology used in the Gambia and remains the most promising renewable energy technology in the provision of electricity and water pumping in certain parts of the country.

In the Gambia, most government projects involving the installation and use of solar PV technologies are usually contracted to foreign solar companies or experts that design and install the solar systems for use in health facilities and water pumping boreholes mostly in rural areas. More than 90% of the so-called indigenous solar PV technicians have not benefited from any form of professional or structured solar PV training. In the Gambia, none of the existing tertiary and higher education institutions offer training in the installation and management of Solar PV and other renewable energy technologies and are ill-equipped to do so.

CTCN Support

  • Analysis of technology potential and available in the country for solar PV
  • Building capacities of the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) responsible for the training of technicians and engineers in the country
  • Training of a large number that could become highly trained technicians equipped with the relevant skills to conduct proper installations and maintenance of PV installations
  • Strengthening of existing laboratories to enable the training of high-level technicians and engineers capable of repairing and maintaining existing installations
  • Conduction of technical engineering training for future trainers that comes for low profiles on off-grid PV technology for households, in collaboration with local organizations
  • Development and institutionalization of accreditation system for solar PV installers
  • Development of awareness and educational materials 
  • Development of market based financial models for home solar PV uptake in Gambia 

Expected Impact

  • Increased national expertise for solar PV installation professionalism, maintenance and design of small scale off-grid PV technology
  • Providing the market with services and products that is needed based on low carbon development to power activities allowing more efficient and permanent business cycles whilst reducing GHG emissions
  • Restoration of existing and defunct installations in health centres, schools and communities
  • Restoration of consumer confidence in the use of renewable energy technologies
  • Increased private sector participation in the use and promotion of renewable energy technologies
  • Opportunity for a local green assembling industry making “bespoke solar generators”
  • Mainstreaming gender into the energy chain value as producers; suppliers; consumers and decision-makers

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