In 1995, the Solar Electric Light Fund completed its Uganda Pilot Electrification Project in Partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.

With a grant from the US department of Energy, Office of Solar Energy Conversion, SELF was able to install 100 Solar Homes Some Systems (SHS) in Habitat-built houses in rural Uganda. SELF’s Nairobi-based associates, Energy Alternatives Africa provided habitat’s Uganda personnel with training in solar home system management, and Solar Energy For Africa (SEFA) provided technical training that focused on homeowner education, PV system installation, and maintenance of solar home systems.

In order to avoid conflicts between loan repayments for their homes and their SHS, homeowners were required to have fully paid for their Habitat home to qualify for a SHS loan. Qualifying households were offered 3-to-5 year loans for the purchase of the systems, with monthly payments being equivalent to the cost of kerosene, candles, and dry-cell batteries.  Each solar home system, supplied by SEFA, cost approximately $400. Habitat’s Uganda office, which operates a home-building credit program, was utilized to collect the monthly installment payments, then using the money to capitalize a revolving credit fund to be used for the purchase of additional solar systems.

Click here to learn more about our current project in Uganda with the Rape Hurts Foundation. - Powering a brighter 21st century.

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Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 25 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rain forest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

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