Productive Uses of Solar Energy

The objective of the project Productive Uses of Solar Energy carried by GRET is to support the development of entrepreneurship of rural actors through the solarization of their economic activities.

An initiative of ONG GRET

Overview of the project

In rural Senegal, access to energy is often an obstacle to the development of entrepreneurship. It is an additional financial burden that, if absent or unreliable, limits production and the diversification of activities.

Gret supports the solarization of economic activities in order to sustain their consolidation or development.

This pilot project allows the evaluation of the technical and economic relevance of solar energy on local economic development. A study carried out within the framework of this project has identified green jobs in the Casamance region and evaluated the potential for scaling up the solarization project of local economic activities.


The objective of the project is to support the development of entrepreneurship of rural actors through the solarization of their economic activities.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

01/04/2020 - 30/11/2021 / Part. 2 : March - September 2022

Quantitative results
  • Installation and use of 14 solar systems,
  • Increase of the working capacities of the actors,
  • Increase of the incomes of 14 economic actors.
Qualitative results
  • Access to energy for rural economic actors,
  • Development of economic and financial monitoring tools,
  • Capacity building in organizational dynamics and in economic and financial management,
  • Support for the establishment and animation of the platform of actors for productive uses of solar energy in Senegal.

This project is financed by a grant agreement from the German Cooperation GIZ through the Sustainable Energy Program.

About the


Massamba Gaye
Essential Services Project Manager
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Gret is a non-governmental organization of international solidarity founded in 1976 whose objective is to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations and promote social justice, while preserving our planet.

It implements projects that contribute to the development of communities in the following areas:

  • Water, sanitation, waste, energy;
  • Agriculture, land, nutrition, agri-food industries;
  • Vocational training, employment and integration.

The approach is based on action research, feasibility studies and capitalization.

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A project
in collaboration
  • National Agency for Renewable Energies ANER

    Agence d'exécution étatique

    Mouhamadou Moustapha MBOUP