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Gambia - Preinvestment report on solar photovoltaic applications in the health and telecommunications sectors (Inglês)

The Gambia relies entirely on imported petroleum to meet all its commercial energy needs, including electricity. In recent years, the country has encountered energy problems which can be attributed to difficulties in servicing the import bill for petroleum and subsequent interruptions in petroleum supply. This report is based on a mission of July, 1984 which was to produce a pre-investment study to assist the Government in obtaining external funding to replicate the use of solar photovoltaic power units in the rural health care and telecommunications systems. This mission made recommendations which have led to the formulation of a project which is presented in this report. The project has three main elements: (a) procurement and installation of solar energy equipment; (b) technical assistance to help The Gambia's personnel procure and install the equipment, and also train them in its use; and (c) a consultant study to assess the potential of solar photovolatic water pumps for use in the health sector and in irrigating small landholdings in the McCarthy Inland Division.

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