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The Future is in Renewable Energy

Climate change is today an undisputable fact. Its effects will have a major impact on the lives of people around the world, and in particular of the rural poor, making them even more vulnerable to frequent droughts, floods, and other natural disasters.

As a way to contribute to the efforts in fighting climate change and mitigating its negative effects, ADPP Mozambique has engaged itself in several projects related to the development and dissemination of renewable energy sources. The objective of its actions is to provide rural communities with an access to alternative types of energy, such as solar energy, biogas and biofuel, to promote the use of energy-saving devices, such as firewood-saving stoves, and to encourage related small-scale business.

Among the major ADPP Mozambique projects related to renewable energy is a project focusing on promoting the use of solar energy for lighting and charging mobile phones. To this end, ADPP Mozambique has established altogether 41 solar charging stations in a total of 30 villages Cabo Delgado and Maputo provinces. The objective is to provide altogether 18,000 people with a sustainable source for energy and a total of 40 community based organizations with an environmentally friendly source of income. Thanks to the lanterns, the local families now have lighting at night so that children can do their homework and adults their household chores even after nightfall. The extra lighting also allows for literacy classes and various income-generating activities to take place in the evening.

The same model was implemented at the ADPP Mozambique’s One World University (OWU) in Changalane district, Maputo Province, where the solar energy project was integrated in the curriculum of the 2nd and 3rd year students in the Faculty of Fighting with The Poor program. Altogether 40 local entrepreneurs and community leaders were trained in the use of solar energy and in managing their own businesses.

All of the solar energy charging stations offers both mobile phone charging services and lanterns for rent. It is estimated that altogether 20,000 people are currently benefitting from the solar charging stations in Cabo Delgado in Maputo Provinces.

Among the other ADPP Mozambique projects related to renewable energies is the BBC (Bilibiza Biofuel Center), a research and production center located in Cabo Delgado Province that mobilizes and trains local farmers to produce bio-fuel, bio-pesticides and soap from the oil-rich and drought-resistant jatropha tree. The jatropha processing waste is also used in 1 of the 5 biodigesters, located in various sites in Bilibiza, which produce biogas for the local communities.