Mozambique: Spanish government funds rural lighting projects

15 January 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Jan – Spain plans to provide Mozambique with a loan of 4.5 million euros to fund rural lighting projects in the provinces of Nampula and Inhambane as of this year with use of solar panels, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper, Notícias.

The paper cited information from the National Energy Fund (Funae) as saying that in Nampula province the areas covered would include isolated areas of the districts of Angoche and Mogincual, located in the south, which are not due, in the medium term at least, to benefit from the public power grid fed by the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam.

Miquelina Meneses, chair of the Funae board of directors said that this was the second stage of rural electrification using solar technology.

The government set a target of providing solar power to 300 institutions across the country (schools and health facilities) by the end of last year.

The project cost the Mozambican Government a little over US$2.5 million, most of which was provided by the World Bank as a foreign loan. (macauhub)