Site Introduction

In 2007, an American NGO, the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), launched a project in Kalalé, Benin, to eventually electrify all 44 villages in the commune with solar power. Both the specific technologies involved and the project scale are unique; thus, SELF has teamed up with a team of Stanford researchers to measure the impact of the project. This website serves as both a public information portal and a working group space for the evaluation of SELF's novel project.

The links on the left provide an introduction to the project vision and its implementation in Kalalé; the links in the menu bar above will take you to the academic side. (Of course, we also highly recommend visiting the SELF site, linked above.) For now, data and reports will remain protected; we will make data public as we complete each phase of our analysis.

Latest News

Jul 31 2008

Results and Data Updated Results from the first dry season of operation summarized here; data (and other information) uploaded and now being updated continuously.

Mar 10 2008

*Updated* Installation Video Watch a video of the 2007 solar-powered drip irrigation installations in Kalalé here. The old version remains viewable here.

Jan 28 2008

Site Launch Just the skeleton now; keep checking back in the next few weeks for more information as we get everything up and running.

Jan 14 2008

A New Home for FSE The Program on Food Security and the Environment has moved into the new Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building. Come visit us on the third floor.

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Project Sponsors

This project is funded by the Woods Institute for the Environment's Environmental Ventures Program (EVP). It is housed in Stanford's Program on Food Security and the Environment (FSE), a joint program of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Woods Institute for the Environment.