According to Angolan Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, the government was considering increasing the rate of access to electricity, especially in rural areas. Currently, less than 40% of rural communities have access to electricity.
By 2022, the government plans to install 30,000 solar off-grid systems that will be able to produce up to 600 MW.
“There is a need to create a mechanism to provide funding for rural electrification. And the National Rural Electrification Agency is the instrument provided for by the General Electricity Act, which interacts with private investors,” João Baptista Borges said.
He said 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.
Baptista Borges also said that a set of regulations is being finalized to facilitate the participation of the private sector, especially in the regulation of tariffs and production to be adopted in renewable energies.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is supporting this initiative through its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA). The bank lent the Angolan government $1 million to be used to fund the Angola Renewable Energy Program (AREP).