The sun is a major source of energy in Mauritania where the average rainfall is 7 days in a year. Mauritania is a country that has large portions covered by the Sahara desert. Mauritania’s solar power project intends to harness the power of the sun for various uses.
Besides, even with all of the advantages, solar power wasn’t the obvious choice for Mauritania. Here, and across Africa, building coal-based infrastructure is a cheap and easy way to expand the grid. It’s the default, and often the only choice available.
However, Offsets helped Mauritania make a different choice and bring new green tech into the region. Mauritania’s Solar Power Project stretches nearly 600,000 square meters across the landscape, and powers a full 15% of the country’s energy needs. That means over 100,000 people now have access to power and the advantages in health, education, and empowerment that brings. It’s part of an ambitious effort to power 25% of the country through renewable sources alone. Importantly, this is a huge step towards healthy, climate-positive energy for this growing nation.
The project also partnered with a local university to create an academic course sharing the knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain renewable power facilities. Additionally, they host interns at the solar power plant and give students hands-on experience. That means your offsets help displace fossil fuel infrastructure immediately, and spread the knowledge needed to build more solar power in the future.
Mauritania’s solar power project is being spearheaded by Klima, a team of mission-driven designers, engineers, and changemakers, united by one goal. A goal of making a dent in the fight against global warming.