Electrification of provincial capitals to solar: a project that flies wing


The state has planned 16.5 billion francs in particular to electrify the capital of Equateur. Nothing came. Then 3.5 billion in 2018, no achievement, witness the 2017 finance bill.

Ten cities are concerned including the county towns of the former provinces of Equateur and Bandundu, namely Mbandaka and Bandundu-city. Six month have already passed and work has started nowhere. The electrification market for provincial capitals in solar power has been awarded to West Trading. The financial arrangement of this market was not revealed by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. Moreover, the National Electricity Company (SNEL SA) considered the approach rather hazardous.

But here, after taking part, at the end of April 2018, a year ago, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, at the International Forum of the International Solar Alliance, Jean-Marie Ingele Ifoto, the Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources, has not only installed, end of May 2018, the National Institute of Solar Energy (INES) but one also announced several solar electrification projects even the energy supply of mining companies.

However, according to the renewable International Energy Agency (IRENA), the wind one and the solar are more expensive (respectively 0,096 and 0,210 dollar/kWh) even if, for 5 years their production costs have tended to attenuate and compete with projects resulting from fossil fuels.

In the DRC, a mission of government experts was sent to the targeted provinces to identify the sites of the first solar power plants for an electricity production of 45 KW in six month had made understand the outgoing Minister of Energy and Hydraulic resources.

In addition, the governorate of the province of Equateur has also tried to experiment voltaic energy for the electrification of the city of Mbandaka. The central government has already mobilized funds for the project, according to the provincial Governor…


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