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FUNAE Invests in Building 19 Mini-Grids, Ranging From 100 to 200 Megawatts

FUNAE Invests in Building 19 Mini-Grids, Ranging From 100 to 200 Megawatts

The National Energy Fund (FUNAE) revealed on Tuesday (26) that it is investing in the construction of 19 electricity generation mini-grids with a capacity of between 100 and 200 megawatts (MW) to improve supply coverage, especially in remote areas.

According to the director of FUNAE’s Electricity Division, Arcádia Nhantumbo, this is a project that should benefit around 7,000 families and is part of the national program for universal access to energy by 2030.

“We now have 19 mini-grids under construction and we hope to start building others in order to achieve the government’s goal of electrifying all the administrative offices. Rural areas are the highest priority, as they are places where access to electricity is very difficult,” he explained.

Last year, during the 3rd edition of the Business Conference – Renewables in Mozambique 2023 (RenMoz 2023), the chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the National Energy Fund (FUNAE), Manuela Rebelo, said that the institution she heads had already invested around 87.7 million euros (6 billion meticais) in off-grid energy projects over a ten-year period.

“In terms of funding, Mozambique has received investment from national and international sources, with the government and the European Union playing crucial roles. According to our data, in the last ten years FUNAE has invested around 87.7 million euros in the off-grid sector. We can also say that the Executive’s commitment to the sector in the same period has increased by 12% and funding from partners has already reached more than 132 million euros,” she revealed.

She said that the majority of the country’s rural population still has no access to electricity, with an access rate of 51.4%. “The sector’s objectives are to achieve the goal of universal access to energy by 2030 and the fair energy transition and promotion of renewable energy in rural areas,” she said.

She pointed out that the entity is creating a financing route that will help increase access to electricity from solar home systems.

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