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Angola: Cabiri Solar Village

The Angolan government has been focusing on the rehabilitation and expansion of electrical infrastructures to meet the increase in demand for electrical energy. In order to promote economic and social development in Angola, the Angolan government intends to launch an innovative programme in the country: the construction of Solar Villages.

Cabiri Project

For this purpose, the construction of the Cabiri Solar Village in Angola began in 2012, under a governmental programme, contributing to the efforts aimed at reducing poverty and boosting economic and social development in the region, from which some 3,000 people will benefit.

The EDP Foundation, in partnership with the Angolan company EIH – Energia Inovação Holding, is running a project which provides recipient families with access to energy at lower costs than they currently spend on fossil fuels, by means of solar energy and community empowerment solutions; this contributes to driving growth in economic activities, extending the time available for study, increasing access to the media and IT in schools, and reducing indoor air pollution and the resulting respiratory diseases.

During 2013, A2E unit continued to develop the Cabiri Solar Village project in Angola which begun in 2012. Towards the end of 2013, the construction phase was completed, with 505 photovoltaic solar home systems (SHS) have been installed in 500 households and social facilities (school, health centre, training centre, community space and technical building) and 83 solar street light posts.

The challenge is the development and testing of a new Solar Village concept which can be easily transferable to other areas of Angola.