SENEGAL: Lagazel acquires a solar kit manufacturing line in Thiès

The French company Lagazel is inaugurating its third solar kit manufacturing unit in Thiès, Senegal. This locally manufactured equipment enables the electrification and productive use of solar photovoltaic energy in rural areas in Africa.

Lagazel is continuing its expansion in West Africa. The company, based in Saint-Galmier, France, has just opened a new solar kit manufacturing workshop in Senegal. The recently inaugurated unit is located in the city of Thiès. On site, Lagazel is able to produce 5,000 products per month, thanks to a team of seven technicians and two supervisors.

The company, founded in 2015, manufactures solar lamps for lighting and mobile phone charging, solar kits for electrifying a household or small business, solar bollards for outdoor lighting and collective charging solutions for community projects. In addition, there is now the recently developed Boumba USB station, which allows 16 phones or tablets to be charged simultaneously using solar photovoltaic energy.

The challenge of manufacturing solar kits locally.According to the company founded by Arnaud Chabanne, the Thiès workshop has already manufactured around 100 collective charging stations and more than 2 000 solar lamps. “We hope to benefit from the support of Senegalese institutions and actors to deploy these locally manufactured solutions throughout the country. If conditions are favourable, Senegal could even become a production hub to supply neighbouring countries such as Mauritania, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau,” explains Arnaud Chabanne.