29 May, 2024 Member article

Ministry of Energy and Water of Angola signs contract for 62,250 solar home systems

The National Director of Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification (DNERER), Mr. Serafim da Silveira, duly authorised by the Minister of Energy and Water, Mr. João Baptista Borges has signed, in Luanda, a contract with Mrs. Christiane Kragh, Managing Director of the German company and ARE Member Off-Grid Europe. Under the contract, the company will supply 62,250 solar home systems to the Angolan government.

This project, to be developed in four provinces of the country, is another contribution towards meeting the national goal of ensuring approximately 50% share of renewable energy sources by 2027,” stated Mr Eng. Serafim da Silveira, National Director of DNERER.

Solar Home Systems (SHS) are smaller photovoltaic systems with batteries that can cover the basic energy needs of households or small businesses and are usually operated off-grid. Solar home systems are therefore a widespread solution in areas where people still have no access to electricity at all.

The project will positively impact the lives of more than 350.000 people.

Photovoltaic solutions have proven time and again that they can be implemented quickly, are economically viable, regionally advantageous, climate-resistant and safe, and can offer a range of additional benefits, especially in geographically isolated rural regions.

With this lighthouse project of Off-Grid Europe together with their local partner Project Net Angola, a total of 350.000 people will be reached. The electrification and development of rural areas will stimulate the local economy and promote sustainable growth.

Off-Grid Europe plans to open subsidiary Off-Grid Angola

With this important project in Angola, our company is exploring a new and promising market. As always, it is important to us to provide the best quality solutions and to bring real added value to the local population.” says Christiane Kragh, Managing Director of Off-Grid Europe.

The German company that already has a subsidiary in Senegal, is committed to employ locals, and to establish a long-term team in the country.

Mark Kragh, technical director of Off-Grid Europe adds: “All our hardware is optimised so that we can offer it at competitive prices. In addition to our hardware, other services, from system installation to software, are part of our solutions.”

Vision of sustainable energy for all

We have big plans for the future. Our vision is that everyone has access to affordable and reliable renewable energy. With our high-quality, easy-to-maintain and scalable energy systems, we can have a positive impact on people and the environment. Our goal is to improve the lives of millions of people”, says Christiane Kragh.

Cooperation between Germany and Angola has been close for several years. Within this framework, the parties involved are looking forward to a project that will benefit both sides. 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.