The off-grid communities of Cuando Cubango, Cuanza Sul and Lunda Sul in Angola are finally getting electricity. Launched in 2016, a photovoltaic electrification project led by the energy company LTP Energias is bringing solar energy to these three provinces, where the public grid was insufficient to supply electricity to everyone.
The company was founded in Angola in 2011. Since then, it has opened offices in Portugal and Spain, and managed to consolidate its position as the country’s green energy leader by undertaking, among others, the largest solar energy production project in the country.
Financed by the Angolan ministry of Energy and Water, LTP’s project contributes to increasing the country’s electrification rates, using renewable energy sources. Once the project is completed, the state will invest a total of USD 60 million in the three provinces to install public lighting and provide the communities with solar kits (consisting of a solar panel, batteries and eco-friendly light bulbs) for neighbourhoods, houses, hospitals, medical centres and schools in rural areas.
Luís Figueiredo, executive director of LTP Energias, said the project already has a positive impact on the life of the communities. He stressed that now it is possible to keep small businesses open during the night, something that wasn’t possible before due to the lack of energy, and that families feel safer thanks to the street lighting.
Source: The Hindu Business Line