Renewable energy is essential for the success of Project Lambahoany. Rural electrification through renewable energy is an important measure to promote sustainable development in Madagascar. Renewable energy is also a key technology in fighting climate change, which could have a significant adverse impact on the delicate ecosystems of Madagascar. The balanced combination of renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and a financial interest in eco-tourism all help to preserve the rainforests, thus leaving intact the compensation for increased CO2 emissions.
Demonstration is a powerful instrument in promoting renewable energy. As a large number of villagers, city-dwellers and tourists is expected to visit Centre Lambahoany now and in the coming years, reliable and renewable energy and water facilities have been installed for demonstration and practical purposes at the Centre and in a pilot village:
- Installation of renewable energy (electricity and hot water) and solar water systems at Centre Lambahoany and in the pilot village.
- Staff and villagers are trained in the maintenance of the installations
- An information and awareness campaign is being carried out in cooperation with governmental organisations and other NGOs; it includes demonstration of renewable energy applications.