After only 6 weeks of assembly time and the laying of 1.2 km of medium-voltage cable, the first Food & Energy Training Center on Madagascar started operating on January 26, 2020. The system is grid-connected and will shortly, in consultation with the local electricity provider Jirama, supply the city of Antsirabe with clean, renewable solar energy.
In total, more than 125 local Malagasy trainees were employed to implement this project. Of these, 50 trainees were employed directly at the Antsirabe site at SUNfarming Madagascar. The training included handling and logistics, ramming, construction and installation, assembly and safety training.
For the construction and installation of the SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Center, the participants received a certificate as evidence of the training in the construction of solar systems.
More than 75 other people were employed for the site works such as fencing, civil works, trenching and installation of the underground cable of 1.2 km long at 20 kV.
Installation of the training-related part of the training facility begins in mid-March and the training company starts in May.