Ignite Power to deliver electricity to 300,000 families – Mozambique
Published on Club of Mozambique The Mozambican government, through the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME), has signed an agreement with the energy company Ignite Mozambique for the delivery of electricity to 1.8 million people living in remote parts of the country over the next three years. The electrification will be carried out by installing domestic solar power generators in 300,000 houses across the country. The mother company, Ignite Power, is the fastest growing developer of off-grid solar energy generators on the African continent. It currently operates in Rwanda and Sierra Leone where its customers make mobile cash payments on a pay as you go basis. In Rwanda, the solar home system supplied is driven by a 10-15 watts solar panel and is composed of three to four lights; a Lithium long-life battery, and a USB cable multiple-points charger. The cost to the consumer is as little as six US dollars per month over two years after which the client becomes the owner of the system.
According to Mozambique’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Max Tonela, “this accord is another decisive step towards meeting our objective of promoting “Energy For All”, a campaign launched by President Nyusi in November last year which pledges that all Mozambicans will have access to electricity by 2030”. Tonela added, “Ignite Mozambique was chosen as a partner after a long and laborious evaluation process by our team from the Ministry and the National Energy Fund (FUNAE)”. Last October, the Mozambican Council of Ministers (Cabinet) approved the National Electrification Strategy for 2018-2030, which will ensure universal access to electricity. Currently, about 28 per cent of the Mozambican population has access to electricity. This is expected to rise to 38 per cent by 2020 and to 100 per cent in 2030. At the same time, the Cabinet approved the Integrated Master Plan for Electricity Infrastructures for the period 2018-2043, an ambitious document aimed at an exponential increase in the country’s capacity to generate, consume and export electricity over the next quarter of a century.