In Cameroon, Chinese firm Huawei launched Phase I of its project to electrify 1,000 localities using solar PV.
At the project launch, Cameroon’s Minister of Water and Energy, Basile Atangana Kouna said that “given the novelty of the technology, it was agreed to start the first phase of 350 communities, 166 of which should serve as a pilot phase to verify the technology and its reliability in terms of delivering the expected services.”
Each locality will have an average power generating capacity of about 32 KW.
Funding for the project was obtained through a credit-buyer loan from the Chinese partner Huawei, whose total funding for 166 localities amounts to $106 million.
The implementation schedule for this project stipulates that work on the electrification phase should be completed by July 2017.