Arba Minch University (AMU), Arba Minch, Ethiopia
University (AMU) in southern Ethiopia was founded in the
late 1980’s and currently enrolls around 16,000
students, making it one of the largest universities in
Ethiopia. The university was founded focusing on water-related
issues, as Arba Minch Water Technology Institute (AWTI)
and has developed into a top-level university hosting the
institute and five colleges ranging from business studies
to natural or social sciences.
Since the first meetings in 2008, Sahay Solar and AMU have
established a very fruitful and reliable cooperation. The
common aim is to further expand the AMU Solar Competence
Center (SCC), including the opening of a newly build solar
laboratory and regular local and foreign expert trainings,
and to implement solar projects in surrounding rural areas
as part of the community service, which AMU provides based
on its mission statement.
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
(SUPSI), Lugano, Switzerland.
Institute for Applied Sustainability
to the Built Environment (ISAAC)
ISAAC Institute of SUPSI
in Lugano, Switzerland, is a Swiss pioneer in solar technology
and carries out research in the
fields of photovoltaics, the use of building energy, building
management and environmental research.
ISAAC acts as technical consultant to Sahay Solar and AMU
with regard to the concept and development of the AMU Solar
Competence Center (SCC). It has developed and implemented
several solar technology workshops for staff and students
of AMU and has been working closely with our local teams
during solar installations “in the field” since
Chief Administration of Gamo Gofa Zone, Ethiopia
the successful activities during the past years, the government
of Gamo Gofa Zone in southern Ethiopia has
asked Sahay Solar to collaborate on the electrification
of all 50 rural Health Centers of the Zone together with
AMU and SUPSI/ISAAC.
In May 2015, a contract was signed for this ambitious
project by all parties and the pilot phase has already
implemented. Currently, the works on the 50 installations
are ongoing including the accompanying training of solar
professionals at AMU.
More Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamo_Gofa_Zone