Solar energy systems to be rolled out across rural Angola

A solar home system project in Angola is set to provide electricity to at least 350,000 people, the majority of whom live in rural areas.

The country’s Ministry of Energy and Water recently signed a contract with Off-Grid Europe, for the supply of 62,250 solar home systems. The project is set to span over four of the country’s 18 provinces. 

Solar Home Systems are smaller PV systems with batteries that can cover the basic energy needs of households or small businesses. They are usually operated off-grid.

Off-Grid Europe, an Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) member, also announced plans to open a subsidiary, Off- Grid Angola, having already established one in Senegal.

ARE said this first contract will be followed by others that will “enormously improve access to energy in the most remote regions of Angola in the next three to five years.”