02 Oct 20 News Communities Senegal

Turbine crates recycled as desks for Taiba N’Diaye schools

Pupils at more than 40 schools in Senegal are now learning at new desks and benches provided by our Africa joint venture, Lekela, and turbine supplier Vestas

Hundreds of students in Senegal are enjoying new classroom comforts, sitting at furniture cafted from the crates that contained wind turbine components.

Some 1,100 desks and benches have been made as part of a drive to improve access to education in communities surrounding Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, West Africa’s first utility scale wind farm.

Recycling project created work and skills training for 19 carpenters in the Taiba N’Diaye area

Lekela, our Africa joint venture that is currently constructing the 158 MW project, teamed with contractor Vestas to recycle the wooden shipping cases.

The scheme provided employment and skills development opportunities for 19 local carpenters, whose handiwork now sits in the classrooms of more than 40 schools in the area.

One of those to benefit was Taiba N’Diaye High School, which earlier this year opened a computer centre also funded by Lekela.

The facility’s 32 computers and other equipment will allow up to 1,500 student a year to receive the IT training needed for future jobs.

Pupils have also been provided with protective masks and COVID awareness sessions as part of Lekela’s community response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is hoped that by making the youngsters ‘ambassadors of prevention’, the virus safety measures will be more readily adopted in their family homes and villages.

  • Construction of Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye is on course to be finished by the end of 2020. Once fully operational, the wind farm will represent a 15% uplift to Senegal’s generation capacity and provide energy for two million people.