Gambia: 1,100 Solar Systems Deployed on Public Buildings.


By announcing a tender for the installation of solar systems in public buildings, the government of the Gambia, through its Ministries of Finance and Economic Affairs (MoFEA) and of Petroleum and Energy (MoPE), has made a brave step toward sustainable energy. The Sustainable Energy Services Company (SESCO), which is overseeing the project, wants to put more than 1,100 solar systems in hospitals and educational facilities around the nation.


Rooftop solar systems ranging in size from 2 kW to 240 kW are being supplied and installed, and SESCO has issued an invitation for bids. The submission of proposals and participation in the tendering process must be done by October 31, 2023. On the roofs of 99 hospitals and 1,000 schools across the nation, solar systems will be installed.


The project is an important step in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, especially SDG 7, which aims to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, dependable, sustainable, and contemporary energy. The Gambian government intends this project to lessen the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels, increase access to energy, and lower carbon emissions.


 The installation of solar power systems in public buildings will help the Gambian people in a variety of ways. First off, the solar power systems will offer a trustworthy and reasonably priced supply of electricity. As a result, less reliance will be placed on the pricey, unreliable diesel generators that are frequently employed in these public buildings. 


Second, the initiative will improve rural communities’ access to energy, which is now limited in many schools and medical facilities. The initiative will promote economic growth in these communities by supplying renewable energy, thereby raising living conditions and creating jobs.


Additionally, installing solar energy systems in public buildings will have a positive environmental impact. Utilizing renewable energy will lower carbon emissions and lessen the effects of climate change. The initiative will open doors for additional renewable energy investment in Gambia, promoting the growth of a sustainable energy industry.


 In conclusion, the government of the Gambia has taken a huge step towards sustainable development by deciding to install solar power systems in public buildings. Numerous advantages will result from the project, including improved access to electricity, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. It is believed that by leading by example, other African nations can speed up the shift to renewable energy and a cleaner, more sustainable future.


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