Comeca is committed alongside the French association Experts Solidaires in a project to sustainably improve the socio-economic living conditions of people in rural areas in northern Madagascar through reliable and sustainable access to electricity.
Gaël Dutheil de la Rochère, CEO of Comeca Group
A company must create value for its customers, shareholders and employees, and must also have other vocations such as supporting projects and solutions based on economic, social and sustainable development. In order to give meaning to its missions, Comeca is committed to participating in projects to provide access to electricity for populations in precarious situations. These projects must be sustainable by helping economic activity, the well-being of populations and the preservation of natural resources.
Comeca helps to ensure that everyone has access to electricity, that its distribution is stable and that it is as safe as possible throughout its operating cycle.
We take responsibility for our current activities and promote decarbonised uses as much as possible. We support the energy transition with our green mobility solutions and promote the circular economy by extending the life of our products.
We can influence the future through our technological mastery and we are working every day to make alternative energies more readily available and to take over from traditional facilities as they mature and are needed.
Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. Due to the vulnerability of the population to low living standards, rainy periods, difficult road access and heavy deforestation, the rural socio-economic context is difficult.
Access to electricity is identified as one of the necessary conditions for economic and social development. In Madagascar, in 2019, less than 10% of rural populations have access to electricity. Yet, access to a reliable and sustainable source of electricity is as much a vector of social improvements (lighting, telephone charges, health, education) as of economic opportunities (agricultural transformation, facilitated communication, product evacuation, etc.).
Experts-Solidaires, an associative network of experts in Montpellier (South of France), was asked by the rural commune of Antranokarany in the north of Madagascar to help them gain access to electricity on their territory and to build a Village Energy Network (VEN).
Within the framework of this project, COMECA engages its employees and makes its expertise available for this project.
inhabitants will benefit from the VEN
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The objectives of this Village Energy Network go beyond the electrification of the village and propose to go further by creating a real replicable model in the region. The VEN is a service area located in the centre of a village that combines both economic and social development objectives. The idea is that, in the long term, the income generated by the sale of electricity will enable the investor manager to deploy a distribution network bringing electricity to all the households in the village while developing energy production and storage accordingly.
Thanks to access to electrified services, their living conditions will be improved. The beneficiaries of the project are also the entrepreneurs installed on the VEN platform who will be supported in structuring their activities. The entrepreneurs on the platform will be supported in disseminating their services (yoghurt production, telephone charging, solar lamp, ice production, etc.) throughout the territory, ensuring that they cover a distance of around ten kilometres.
To develop services for the population through affordable, renewable electricity that has a direct impact on social cohesion, income, education and health of the beneficiaries.
To develop/support local actors who will offer electrified services to the village population, within the REV.
To improve the management and investment capacity of local actors in relation to electrified services.
To develop a replicable, affordable and scalable model of electrification that can be offered in the region.