Street lighting through a solar-powered mini power grid in a village in Senegal

Priority area Renewable energy and energy efficiency Climate-friendly and reliable power supply

A shortage of energy is one of the main constraints to development in Senegal. In order to foster stable economic development in rural areas in particular, Germany is helping to improve access to safe, reliable and climate-friendly energy.

Senegal greatly values German knowledge in the field of renewable energy. Notwithstanding the discovery of oil and gas reserves, the Senegalese government has upheld its goal of meeting 30 per cent of power demand from renewable sources.

Under Financial Cooperation, KfW Development Bank is supporting the construction of a photovoltaic power station south of Dakar, which is to provide energy to private households and to the Diass Special Economic Zone. Funding is also being provided for several rural microgrids based on smaller photovoltaic or hybrid installations. Assistance is being provided to an effort covering nine cities to modernise power distribution networks and set up electricity meters.

New job opportunities for young people

The flexible, decentralised availability of power from renewable sources opens up new income and job opportunities in agriculture, crafts and trades, and services. There is a programme under Technical Cooperation to help young adults in less developed regions to develop attractive job options and sustainable business models and, thus, better opportunities in their home country.

Another project that is hoped to create new job opportunities is a higher education programme that was started in 2016 and is gradually being expanded to cover the vocational education sector as well. Efforts are under way to develop practice-oriented higher education programmes on renewable energy as well as demand-based continuing education programmes, and to build students' business skills.