The project “Green People’s Energy” implemented by GIZ reduces energy poverty and promotes productive use of energy in rural Africa. Technologies like solar power irrigation systems, solar cooling systems, solar dryers or mills have high potential to boost the productivity and incomes of rural enterprises. Based on local market assessments, the project aims to increase the number of rural enterprises acquiring and using such high-potential renewable energy technologies. By building the capacities of farmers, cooperatives, sales agents and technicians and giving private solar companies incentives to extend their services in rural areas, productive use of energy is promoted and brought to scale. Up-skilling professionals to design, finance, sell, install, operate and maintain systems is crucial. The project thus has a special focus on skills development. It cooperates with training institutes and vocational training centres in 7 out of 9 target countries to provide the needed training offers. While other development projects may focus only on skills or private sector development, ‘Green People’s Energy’ pursues a holistic market development approach and with this, strives to create transformative impacts for rural communities. It is implemented in Ethiopia, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Senegal, and Uganda.
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