Reserved Amount = € 880,00
Reserved Amount = € 880,00
The switch to solar energy will allow the cooperative to run on clean energy only, eliminating the diesel consumption – a reduction of 3,800 liters a year that will avoid the emission of 10.2 tons of CO2/year.
An estimated 37% of Uganda’s population lives under the poverty threshold of US$1.90 a day. Nevertheless, it is the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. This project will improve the living conditions of the population served by the cooperative.
Better working conditions: by increasing the lighting around the plant with external safety lights, the cooperative members will have longer operation hours especially loading milk to the buyers’ trucks during late evenings. The installer will install 3 street lighting modules at the facility at no extra cost.
Greater financial autonomy: the cooperative currently has 400 members and over 360 non-cooperative farmers termed as “out producers”, with a combined labor force of around 1520 people that will be positively affected by this project. Milk producers will get better income as a result of increased reliability in storage and supply knowing milk won’t go bad and fetching a better price with milk processors.
More gender equality: the cooperative plans to bring on women to leadership positions and has set itself a target of the gender balance of at least 40% of the core management positions being taken up by women by 2023.
Job generation: It is projected that with this solar cooling project, the cooperative operation hours will be increased and so will the volume of milk which will create extra job positions. In the long term, this will spur it to micro processing of the milk to make products like yogurt which will create over 800 direct and indirect jobs at the farms, shops, and processing plant.
Impact on the local community: with the increase in job creation, stable supply of milk, there will be a trickledown effect on the local community whether it is tackling malnutrition or education access with parents now better equipped to pay for school fees
Estimates point to 10% of all milk production in Kasolwe being wasted due to lack of timely cooling. Solar coolers are reliable and can provide consistent cold storage for areas with no or unreliable energy access, offering significant impact potential on reduction of the milk waste to minimal levels.
With more than 8 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, the SolarPipo group is a Dutch company aiming to unburden the processes of acquiring and installing solar systems for cooling, water pumps, and other productive uses of dairy cooperatives in Uganda.
The funds raised through this campaign will be used to finance a solar energy project at the Kasolwe Cooperative in Kamuli District, Uganda. The Kasolwe Cooperative was founded in 1968 with 110 members, which owned in total around 130 cows. Currently, it has 400 members (four of these are part of the board) who own in total more than 700 dairy cows, 412 actively producing milk. On top of this, it provides services to over 360 other non-cooperative farmers, who despite not being members enjoy the umbrella and security provided by the cooperative, which helps them sell the milk to the same bulk buyers at a fair price.
The funds raised through this campaign will be used to replace a diesel generator for a 11,88kW solar power plant (reducing diesel consumption to zero) and the acquisition of a battery rack (67,2 kWh). By recurring to clean energy, the current cost of cooling the milk will decrease, making the energy more affordable to cooperative milk producers.
P&E Ltd. is a Ugandan subsidiary of the project promoter, SolarPipo Finance B.V. The company will receive a fee to install the equipment and ensure the project funding. It will also provide services throughout the project’s lifetime (5 years): customer support, training, maintenance, technical assistance, and optimization of the equipment usage, based on gathered consumption data.
The average cooperative in Uganda would need an investment of 75.000 € (for equipment and loan costs) for such a project. This loan, in Ugandan Shillings (UGX), will be paid back in 5 years at a cost of 912 € a month and a lump sum of 5.343€ every 6 months, a very acceptable price for the farmers, given their current expenditure on diesel and maintenance.
The Cooperative currently has a monthly gross profit of 9,784.88€. Diesel costs account for 12% of their costs (505.95€). On top of this, after a few months of stable PV supply, the Cooperative will raise some money from selling the diesel generator.
All combined, the farmers have 412 cows actively producing milk. A dairy cow produces on average 4 liters of milk per day meaning that around 1.650 litters can be collected in a day, depending on the season. The Cooperative collects the milk from all its members, as well as some non-members and it provides collective marketing services.