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Engie Signs Agreement with Gabon to Electrify 40,000 Off-Grid Households with Solar Kits

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Engie Energy Access, the subsidiary of French utility company Engie Group, has signed a partnership with the Ministry of Energy in Gabon to electrify off-grid households across the country through solar home systems. Engie Energy Access plans to begin deploying its solutions through a pilot project which is expected to start in April 2022.

Engie Energy Access is expanding its business in Central Africa. The company aims to electrify 40,000 households in Gabon through the sales and distribution of quality home system kits, over a period of 5 years. The project will benefit over 200,000 people living in rural and peri-urban areas with clean, reliable, and affordable energy.

The Gabonese Minister of Energy, Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze, stated at the end of the signing ceremony, “Improving access to electricity in rural and peri-urban communities is a priority for the government and this partnership will help accelerate our electrification ambitions.”

The Gabonese authorities have fixed targets of providing electricity for 85% of the population in rural areas by 2025 and achieving universal access to electricity for its entire population by 2035. These objectives were set out in the “Policy Letter for Universal Access for Basic Services in Rural Areas”, approved by the Council of Ministers in 2014.

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Engie’s project is expected to have a significant impact on the lives of people in off-grid communities. In addition to household electrification, Engie Energy Access is also expected to electrify schools, health-care facilities, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), etc.

Maxime Marion, the Chief Operating Officer of the company mentions that Engie intends to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of solar home solutions through this agreement with the Gabonese government. Marion thanked the Ministry of Energy of Gabon to help them contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of thousands of Gabonese people.

Engie promises the off-grid communities to improve their socio-economic status by providing affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy solutions with life-changing services. Gillian-Alexandre Huart, CEO of Engie Energy Access, stated, “The social impact cannot be overlooked either, as women will be the beneficiaries of more than a third of the resulting employment opportunities.”

Engie Energy Access is one of the leading off-grid, pay-as-you-go solar mini-grid solutions providers in Africa. The company provides electricity access to off-grid households by decentralized solar-powered systems through its subsidiaries Fenix International, Engie Mobisol, and Engie Powercorner. 

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