April 20, 2015

GEF SGP “Solar Education and Manufacturing For Lesotho” Grant Closeout

The group of partners implementing the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme project entitled “Support for Solar Technology Economic Activity in Lesotho via
Education, Training, and Technology Transfer” formally completed work and submitted a report on our achievements in April.  Under this grant, we built a high-quality machine shop in Lesotho, including installation of the first CNC (computer-controlled) milling machine in the country, trained over 30 individuals from education (faculty from universities and technical schools), government, and industry on the theory, economics, and engineering of solar energy systems, and installed an educational solar system at the National University of Lesotho for use in their new Masters of Renewable Energy degree as well as undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electronics.  The entire consortium is extremely grateful to GEF for the opportunity to undertake this work!  The final report can be read here, and our team is currently developing proposals for follow-on activities in this area in Lesotho.

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