Restoring Power to Mali Community Radio Station

Application: Telecom
Location: Mali, West Africa
Year: 2014
Product: TriStar MPPT 600V with disconnect box
System size: 8, 280-W solar modules and 8, 150-Ah, 12-V batteries
Partners include: AECOM International Development (now DT-Global)

Vandals completely destroyed the Gourma-Rharous community radio station during the occupation of armed insurgent groups in Northern Mali from 2012 to 2013. Local authorities and the UN Mission (MINUSMA) needed to restore local radio in the area because the town also hosts an important administrative center. 

The United States Agency for International Development’s Mali Transition Initiative funded the project led by AECOM International Development (now DT-Global). A solar installation helped restore power using the TriStar MPPT 600-V controller, which could withstand the Sahara Desert environment. The radio restoration continues to provide critical communication such as media coverage of the reconciliation forums and peace activities undertaken by local authorities and civil society organizations in the region.