Togo: Germany injects €4 million in rural electrification and renewables promotion project

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Monday, 09 April 2018 18:04
Togo: Germany injects €4 million in rural electrification and renewables promotion project

(Togo First) - German cooperation GIZ has launched in Lomé, Togo’s capital, ProEnergie, a rural electrification program that promotes renewables. Funding for the project comes from Germany’s ministry of economic cooperation and development, and German development bank (KfW).

The project will spur various efforts mustered by the government to boost power access in the country’s rural areas.

Besides providing power to non-electrified villages, the project aims most importantly to help Togo easily attract new investors in the renewable industry.

To achieve a maximum electrification of the territory over the next five years, Togolese government wants to adopt more renewable energies, like solar. This is as, according to the minister of energy and mines, Marc Ably-Bidamon, only 6% of all of Togo’s rural zones is electrified.

To boost this rates, knowing that connection to national grid is virtually impossible in those areas, the CI-ZO presidential scheme aims to provide individual solar kits to two million people living in rural areas, by 2022.

Let’s also recall that the country recently secured from India, a US$40 million financing which it plans to use for the same purpose. This was after participating in the International Solar Alliance summit held in India last 10-12 March.

Séna Akoda

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