Commitment to Action

Scaling Solar: From Irrigation to the Whole Village

Commitment by

Solar Electric Light Fund (Self)

In 2010, the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) committed to installing solar-powered drip irrigation systems - Solar Market Gardens (SMGs) - in eight villages in the Kalalé commune of northern Benin in order to improve food security, generate income, and empower the women who farm the half-hectare irrigated plots. Simultaneously, SELF will solar electrify two nearby villages that already benefit from previously installed SMGs. This commitment seeks both to validate the SMG model's value and to demonstrate that it is an ideal application for overall rural solar electrification and poverty alleviation in the developing world.

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Commitment

Scaling Solar: From Irrigation to the Whole Village

Launched

2010

Est. Duration

3 Years

Estimated Total Value

$2,210,200

Region

Africa, Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

BENIN, HAITI

Commitment by

Solar Electric Light Fund (Self)

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Association pour le Developpement Economique, Social et Cult, Stanford University, Intl. Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Naps Systems Oy