Mozambique rural areas to receive
Nov 27, 2007 - Xinhua
Mozambique is to launch a project to provide solar
panels to a number of districts which have not been
covered by the country's power grid in 2008, local
media AIM reported on Tuesday.
This investment, by the National Energy Fund (FUNAE),
is to cater mainly for the districts that are not
yet benefiting of the power distributed by the publicly
owned Mozambican electricity company EDM, and for
which perspective for that effect are not for soon.
Energy Minister Salvador Namburete said in Maputo
on Sunday that this project is to create conditions
for providing electricity at least to key sectors
such as education and health in those districts, particularly
in the least favored localities.
In a first stage, this project is to benefit 150
schools and a similar number of health units.
He explained this investment comes because "there
are schools without electricity in the country, health
posts and maternities, that have to function, even
at night, using kerosene lamps or candles for the
lack of electricity."
Without mentioning the amounts or the priority districts
in this project, Namburete said that the cost of this
project is relatively low if compared with that of
electrification using the national power grid.
Less than 8 percent of the Mozambican population
had access to electricity in 2005, and the majority
of those who did were living urban areas, and in the
rural areas only 2 percent had access to this commodity.
One of the factors that is thought to hinder electrification
in the country, particularly in the rural areas, is
the fact that poverty will not allow a return of the