Togo powers fourteen villages with solar energy
London, Oct. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Togolese government is making a powerful statement with its ambitious plan to provide fourteen villages with constant electricity through solar power. The benefiting villages are located in the regions of Kara, Savanes and Central
Approximately about a thousand homes will benefit from this operation, with financial support from the Conseil de l’Entente.
Conseil de l’Entente, (French: “Entente Council”), is the French West African organization founded in 1959 and designed to promote the economic development of the region by raising funds, guaranteeing loans, and encouraging trade and investment. It operates through the Mutual Aid and Loan Guarantee Fund headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
“Our commitment to developing off-grid is taking shape here in Togo. We will continue its development in this country and in other states, members of the organization, “ promised Patrice Kwame, the executive secretary of the Council of the entente.
The other countries of the sub-regional organization are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Niger.
Togo has set itself the goal of making electricity available to 2 million people through solar home installations.
This is not the first time the Council of the Entente, is bankrolling a project of this magnitude. It has already provided financial support to the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Agency for the distribution of solar kits to 350 rural households.
Togo currently has a rural electrification rate of 8% and plans to increase it to 50% in 2030.