The Solar Thermal Training & Demonstration Initiative

[Lesotho] Solar Drying Course in Mohales Hoek

Written/submitted by Puleng Mosothoane on 2 July 2019
Harvesting at The Rosehip Company

SOLTRAIN Lesotho hosted a solar drying course in Mohale’s Hoek, Lesotho, late last year at the Bethel Business and Community Development Centre. There were 25 participants from various SOLTRAIN partner countries including Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. The course was led by Mr Georg Hubmer from CONA and Mr Werner Weiss from AEE-INTEC.

The course was also preceded by a feasibility study at the Rosehip Company in Mohale’s Hoek in order to assess the potential for solar drying at the facility. The company was established in 2008 and produces rosa canina plant products which are dried with coals before processing. The Rosehip Company is currently one of the largest producers of rosehip products in Africa.