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Solar lighting solutions to help refugees in Gado camp

 

“Solidarité International” are deploying Sunna Design’s autonomous solar photovoltaic streetlights to secure the Gado refugee camp in Cameroon.

 

  Rural and remote site

   Gado, CAMEROON

  iSSL Maxi 4, iSSL+

Solutions d’éclairage solaire pour les réfugiés du camp de Gado

Refugees in the grip of insecurity 

 

Surrounded by countries with a more than tense context, Cameroon hosts more than 260,000 refugees from Nigeria and 85,000 from the Central African Republic, thus affecting its natural resources. On the border with the Central African Republic, “Solidarités International” focused on the conditions of refugees from Gado near the communes of Garoua Boulaï and Ndokayo. Their arrival increases the pressure on resources, leading to some tensions between refugees and host communities.

 

In eastern Cameroon, tens of thousands of people are fleeing the war that has been raging in the Central African Republic for several years. In the Gado camp, 25,000 refugees are living, trying to forget the horror of war. To meet the basic needs of the camp’s inhabitants, the NGO is developing the sustainability of water access and sanitation infrastructure.  It lights the refugee camp with robust and powerful solar streetlights to improve the safety of the inhabitants.

 

However, despite all the valuable help of twelve associations, safety problems remain. Thus, Solidarité International teams are deploying Sunna Design’s autonomous solar photovoltaic streetlights to secure the two villages and the Gado refugee camp.

 

ECHO (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations) financed this solar lighting installation.

Assemblage de solutions d’éclairage solaire pour les réfugiés du camp de Gado

Autonomous solar photovoltaic streetlights to meet the security needs of refugees

 

Several strategic areas have been chosen by the NGO Solidarités International to develop a better life together. The association has launched a vast lighting plan in the living areas of the camp.

 

Lighting high-traffic sites such as main roads and crossroads, the village market square, village and camp health centers, or health facilities offer a little dignity to the inhabitants.

Solutions d’éclairage solaire pour les réfugiés du camp de Gado

Improve the camp’s security conditions with autonomous solar streetlights

 

Also, the installation of a networked lighting circuit is impossible in this vast and disconnected region. The financial costs for such investments are illusory. The use of renewable energies and particularly solar energy for refugee camps, is a more than credible alternative.

 

Naturally, the NGO chose to use solar energy to illuminate the Gado refugee camp. It issued a call for tenders to provide and install autonomous lighting for the areas concerned.

 

The quality of solar lighting solutions and the respect of the budget make it possible to ensure the sustainability of infrastructures. For the technical part, the specifications provided for various points:

 

– Lighting performance;

– Availability of lighting all year round even after the rainy season when sunlight is limited;

– The adaptability of the model according to the application;

– Low maintenance for the next ten years.

Solutions d’éclairage solaire pour les réfugiés du camp de Gado

Why Sunna Design’s solar lighting solutions were selected

 

The response to Sunna Design’s call for tenders presented all the aspects desired by “Solidarités International” and UNHCR.

 

An in-depth technical study made it possible to find the most appropriate models to meet the demand while remaining within the planned budget. The NGO’s technicians selected the iSSL+ solar street lamp with a road optics to illuminate the axes as well asiSSL Maxi4 with a wide optics to cover broader and more extensive areas.

 

To simulate the operation of these two models of solar lighting solutions in the Gado region, Sunna Design designed an autonomy study taking into account the sunshine data from the last ten years. Our solar lighting solutions work correctly in the areas selected by Solidarités International.

 

Our local partner HELIOS ENERGY installed the products and trained the local population in how our solutions work. A hundred light points were deployed in record time thanks to the simplicity of the products!

Solutions d’éclairage solaire pour les réfugiés du camp de Gado

Impact of our solar lighting solutions on local populations

 

The deployment of our solar lighting solutions has a direct impact on the entire refugee camp and the two villages. From now on, more than 30,000 people have access to public lighting in the vital areas where people pass through, meet and exchange.

 

Insecurity has been drastically reduced, particularly in the fight against sexual violence. Moreover, from a socio-economic point of view, the project’s actors support food and vegetable producers, 70 village savings and credit associations have been created. A market has been rehabilitated, etc.

 

Bringing humanity to the refugee camps is important to Sunna Design.

Solutions d’éclairage solaire pour les réfugiés du camp de Gado

Testimony of the president of the central committee of the gado refugee camp

 

Living conditions have been improved to the delight of the host villages and refugees.

 

The President of the Central Committee of the refugee camp testifies: “For a long time in this site, we had to denounce the problems of the darkness linked to the lack of electrical energy in the locality. With the presence of solar streetlights, our children have the opportunity to revise the lessons in the evening; traders sell their goods until late at night, the problem of insecurity is reduced to a minimum, especially towards women. In short, the site has a new face, and from an aesthetic point of view, the streetlights beautify the camp and illuminate the lives of the refugees”.

 

We are proud to humbly bring some light into the hearts of the people of the Gado camp.

Year

 

2019
Location

 

Cameroon
Client

 

Solidarités International & UNHCR
Products used

 

iSSL +, iSSL Maxi 4
Agent

 

HELIOS ENERGY

Which products for this field of application ?

    Park and recreation Parking lot Path and crosswalk Park and recreation Path and crosswalk
    The iSSL+ is a reliable and robust stand-alone solar lighting solution, particularly suitable for pedestrian walkways, cycle paths and car parks. This innovative product offers a very simple and quick installation with unmatched performance and connected services such as Sunnap'. Do you have a similar project or any other project? Talk to our sales team!    
    Park and recreation Parking lot General Area Park and recreation
    The iSSL maxi Area is a reliable and robust stand-alone solar lighting solution, particularly suitable for area lighting, car parks and public squares. This innovative product offers a very simple and quick installation with unmatched performance and connected services such as Sunnap'.   Do you have a similar project or any other project ? Talk to our sales team!    
    Road and street Road and street Parking lot General Area
    iSSL Maxi Road is the most reliable and robust stand-alone solar lighting solution. This innovative product offers unparalleled performance and connected services with the SunnApp, and installs very quickly.   Do you have a similar project or any other project ? Talk to our sales team!    
    Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL+ noir Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL+ blanc
    Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL Maxi Area noir Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL Maxi Area blanc
    Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL Maxi Road Noir Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL Maxi Road blanc

    Specifications iSSL +

    Lighting
    Lighting power
    1,750 to 3,500 lumens
    Consumption
    10 W to 20 W
    Lighting efficiency
    Up to 175 lm/W
    Color temperature options couleur
    2700K, 3000K, 4000K
    Lifespan
    50,000 hours
    * Available with motion sensor
    PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS
    Technology
    Photovoltaïc modules (Monocrystalline silicon)
    Power
    50 Wc
    Lifespan
    > 20 years at 80% of initial power
    Battery
    Technology
    NiMH , battery, maintenance free, high resistance to extreme temperatures
    Capacity
    120 Wh
    Operating temperature range
    -40°C to +70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
    Lifespan
    12 years
    General
    SCx
    0,16 m2
    Fixation
    Top mounting Ø60 mm
    Weight (without pole)
    14 kg

    Specifications iSSL Maxi Area

    Lighting
    Lighting power
    3,500 to 7,000 lumens
    Consumption
    20 W to 40 W
    Lighting efficiency
    Up to 175 lm/W
    Color temperature options
    2700K, 3000K, 4000K
    Lifespan
    50,000 hours
    * Available with motion sensor
    Photovoltaic panels
    Technology
    Photovoltaïc modules (Monocrystalline silicon)
    Power
    80 Wc
    Lifespan
    > 20 years at 80% of initial power
    Battery
    Technology
    NiMH , battery, maintenance free, high resistance to extreme temperatures
    Capacity
    240 Wh
    Operating temperature range
    -40°C to +70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
    Lifespan
    12 years
    General
    SCx
    0,147 m2
    Fixation
    Top mounting Ø60 mm
    Weight (without pole)
    19 kg

    Specifications iSSL Maxi Road

    Lighting
    Lighting power
    3,500 to 7,000 lumens
    Consumption
    20 W to 40 W
    Lighting efficiency
    Up to 175 lm/W
    Color temperature options
    2700K, 3000K, 4000K
    Lifespan
    50,000 hours
    * Available with motion sensor
    Photovoltaic panels
    Technology
    Photovoltaïc modules (Monocrystalline silicon)
    Power
    80 Wc
    Lifespan
    > 20 years at 80% of initial power
    Battery
    Technology
    NiMH , battery, maintenance free, high resistance to extreme temperatures
    Capacity
    240Wh
    Operating temperature range
    -40°C to +70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
    Lifespan
    12 years
    General
    SCx
    0,147 m²
    Fixation
    Top mounting Ø60 mm
    Weight
    19 kg

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