Angola focuses on individual solar energy production systems

11 September 2019

Angola plans to install 30,000 individual solar power generation systems and build a solar plant with a capacity of 600 megawatts, the minister of energy and water said on Tuesday in Luanda.

João Baptista Borges, who was speaking at a lecture on the financing of renewable energy projects, with the participation of public and private companies, as well as university students, said the projects are included in the Electric Sector Development and the Energy Security Agency’s plans.

The minister said that solar energy is increasingly cost-effective and is currently a solution for the country’s electrification, especially in individual systems that can be installed in villages, according to the Jornal de Angola newspaper.

Baptista Borges announced the creation of a vehicle company that facilitates and secures funding for electrification projects in rural areas.

The General Electricity Law provides for the creation of the National Rural Electrification Agency, a body that will interact with public and private partners, with a view to identifying and conducting projects that are not economically viable.

“More than half of the population has no access to electricity and we really need to find imaginative, low-cost solutions that can meet these great needs,” said the minister.

Baptista Borges also said that a set of regulations is being finalised to facilitate the participation of the private sector, especially in the regulation of tariffs and production to be adopted in renewable energies. (Macauhub)