Benin aims for 50 percent rural electrification from renewable energy by 2025
12 April 2011
Benin's minister for Energy, Sacca Lafia, announced last Thursday that the government intended to raise the rural electrification rate from renewable energy from its present three percent to 50 percent by 2025.
"At present, the supply situation for energy services to the population is not brilliant, especially in isolated and enclosed area where less than 3 percent of households benefit from electricity, with a connection rate of about 6 percent", explained the minister, quoted by the APA press agency.
Elsewhere, in Angola, the minister for Energy and Water, Emanuela Vieira Lopes, last Thursday reiterated the government's commitment to develop sites generating electricity from renewable energies.
A press release from the Ministry for Energy and Water, reported by the Angop press agency, includes the words of the minister, who explained that the Angolan government was hoping thus to improve the living conditions of its people, as part of the Program to Fight Famine and Poverty.