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SFG, BAC ends solar power training

Sep 10, 2014, 10:56 AM | Article By: Nyimansata Cham

Solar Foundation-The Gambia (SFG), a Gambian charitable organization, in collaboration with the Brikama Area Council, recently concluded a daylong training on solar power operations for participants of the 5 districts of Foni in the West Coast Region.

The participants numbering ten were drawn from sixty-three families to benefit from 200 solar lighting projects by the Solar Foundation-The Gambia (SFG).

Speaking at the opening of the training held at the Brikama Area Council chambers, the secretary of Solar Foundation-The Gambia, Sunkary Badjie, appealed to the participants to give total focus during the training for deeper understanding of the operations systems of the solar.

The proprietor and technical director of Eseim Solar Energy Limited, Ebrima F. Jarju, said the solar lightening kit is introduced to provide mini lightening system for remote places where electricity supply could not be reached.

He noted that solar power can mainly ensure the provision of few lights, saying the initiative would also ease mobile charging constraints and save people the trouble of travelling distances to activate their phone batteries.

According to him, the solar panels are fragile and are the main source of electricity among solar lightening kits.

The public relations officer of BAC, Modou Jonga, in his remarks, said the project is a key collaborative component between the Council and SFG, adding that it would help address the incidence of fire outbreak due to candle lightening or kerosene lamps.

He advised the participants to actively take part in the training for them to be equipped with knowledge that will help them to responsibly handle the solar and ensure its durability.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiary communities, the Bulock ward councillor, Ismaila Badjie, commended SFG for complementing government efforts at the provision of electricity supply to remote parts of the country.