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Café au Light: How to Improve Guinean People’s Lives by Combining Coffee and Photovoltaics
J. Cárabe, N.N. Malo, A. Bautista, L. Barrios, M. Loua
Developing Countries, Economic Analysis, Education and Training, Financing, Rural Electrification
PV Economics, Markets and Policies
Subtopic: PV-Related Policies, Strategies and Societal Issues
Event: 33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 7EO.3.6
2849 - 2852
ISBN: 3-936338-47-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20172017-7EO.3.6
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Document(s): paper, presentation


Photovoltaics developed for a long time as a field clearly focused on stand-alone applications, in which the lack of any grid in certain places justified the installation of PV systems in spite of the high costs they used to have decades ago. Fortunately the successful development of new technologies, combined with a spectacular market deployment (based on grid-connected systems), has reduced the cost of PV electricity below grid-parity on a large scale. The need for electricity in many countries is still, however, a main concern and PV is now in an optimum position to offer technically and economically efficient solutions thereto. Café au Light is a project aimed at improving life conditions and stimulating economic development in a number of villages in the N’Zérékoré prefecture of Guinea by means of the installation of PV microgrids that will provide electricity both for public services and private homes. Funding is not obtained through grants but through a significant increase in the productivity of the main economic resource of the people living in these towns: coffee. With this, the undertaking is twofold, having to deploy efforts on two areas: coffee and photovoltaics. The initiative is not conceived as a development-aid project but as an endeavour in which business is equally profitable for all parts on the basis of two essential goals: net benefit for the people and sustainability.