SOLAR // MAGHREB
Power to the people
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Target groups

Change makers

Observation

Desertec, an international project to generate solar power for the Maghreb and European consumption, is taking some delay due to its large-scale and multiple partners, which halts the "democratisation" of solar energy exploitation in small and rural areas and communities.

Conclusion

Developing local investment and participatory actions in rural areas in parallel with adequate training to help villages develop an energy independence by collecting solar energy from every home solar panel and storing and redistributing it making solar energy an economic booster.

Solution

Self-produced electricity can be used not only for home but also for agricultural and local/artisanal industries. Using a mobile app each small household of the village can track their solar energy panels production, their consumption and best economic practices and uses and why not sell the "surplus" of energy for the main national electric energy supplier.

Power to the people.

Key Problem

Expensive energy bills holds rural areas from maintain a sustainable agricultural activity, forcing young people to leave their villages to look for work in the cities.

Which field and which area?

Rural areas in the Maghreb countries, which already suffer from lack of infrastructure and isolation.

Effects of the problem

Harsh conditions force young people to leave their villages looking for better conditions and opportunities.

As a result fertile land and field are abandoned and social structure is dismantled. Local economic migration causes a heavy social charge on the cities already in challenging situation.

Solution

We have to emancipate villagers to the new technologies to monitor and control the energy production and consumption, to create an energy independence.

The app will also provide agricultural advice to the small farmers taking into account the specificity of each region and providing adequate and updated training via the app – a hub to link maintenance services and companies with the small farmers.

Boost the investment in small solar energy projects!

Additional Slide - 1

We need a cooperation between local authorities, manufacturer of solar equipment and actors of local civil society which condition siting and finance together.

That is the base for the development of "solar packages" specific to each category or class, for example a "solar package" for a village of 50 households. It contains equipment designation, installation guides, training support and plans.

These villages will be the nodes of a rural solar network, connected together by digitalization.