Tenesol, a subsidiary of French oil giant Total, has embarked on its latest ‘Solar Mission Project,’ which is intended to fight drought in rural Madagascar. The five-week project is designed to bring clean drinking water to five isolated communities in the west of the country.
According to Tenesol, the majority of the population in developing countries do not have access to clean drinking water. For Madagascar, this means 70% of the 18 million inhabitants.
In June, the first PV system under the new project was installed. Situated in Ampasimpotsy to the east of the capital Antananarivo, the system pumps fresh drinking water from depths of 40m up to the surface. Powering the system, which can deliver around 5,000L of clean drinking water per day, are three 135Wp PV modules from Tenesol.
The pro bono work is being carried out by volunteers from Tenesol who are using their own holiday time to complete the project.
The company has installed more than 4,000 solar water pumping systems and 5,000 rural electrification systems at isolated communities worldwide.