Over 1000 Angolan villages to have access to solar power

16 December 2005

Luanda, Angola, 16 Dec – A program for supplying renewable energy to rural areas in Angola is due to kick off in 2006, Angola’s deputy minister for energy and Water, Rui Tito, said Thursday in Luanda.

According to Tito, the solar electricity project had been estimated to cost US4220 million and would cover 1,300 villages in 17 provinces taking 15 years to put into practice.

Tito was speaking during a seminar to present the results of a study of the potential in Angola for implementing a national program for rural electricity supply, through use of solar energy.

The study was carried out by consulting company Agama Energy and was sponsored by oil company BP Angola and the Ministry for Energy and Water.

As part of an agreement with the Ministry, since June 2004 BP Angola has provided the village of Paranhos, in Bengo province, with solar power.

BP public relations director, Francisco da Cruz, said that although it did not provide the same level of power as conventional electricity networks, solar power ensures a sustainable and stable electricity supply for use by health services, drinking water supply, education and telecommunications in the country’s remotest areas. (macauhub)