Solar panels provide electricity in Sofala and Manica, Mozambique

16 June 2009

Beira, Mozambique, 16 June – Two thousand people from the Mozambican provinces of Sofala and Manica have electricity provided by solar panels under the terms of a programme funded since 2007 by German development company GTZ.

GTZ, in partnership with the government of the Netherlands, has provides around 130 million meticals (US$4.9 million) for lighting the rural roads of Sofala and Manica and the Mozambican government has since requested that amount be increased to fund more projects of this kind.

Edith Bernard, of GTZ, said that the company had a second plan for Mozambique, although she did not know how much would be provided by 2012.

The use of electricity generated from biomass is another of GTZ’s activities in Mozambique, as the organisation considers that the country has natural resources to provide electricity to the whole population. (macauhub)