The Mozambican government plans to conclude, by the third quarter of this year, the construction of three photovoltaic power plants in the provinces of Maputo and Inhambane, as part of the expansion of access to electricity and electrification of administrative posts.
The installation of the solar systems is part of the presidential initiative “Energy for All” which aims to increase the coverage of home connections, reaching 59 percent by 2024.
The solar systems are Mahel, in Magude district, Maputo province, Mawayela, in Panda district, and Bazaruto, in Vilankulo, Inhambane, valued in total at 240 million meticals.
According to the government, the solar power plant in Pafúri, Chicualacuala district, in Gaza, is also in the pipeline.
The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Energy Fund (FUNAE), Manuela Rebelo, recalled that with the inauguration of the Mahel power plant, Maputo province will have all administrative posts illuminated.
“So you may question how the residents of the surrounding localities are left with the connection of the headquarters of the posts. In Mapulanguene, for example, we have the capacity to add solar panels to cover more communities,” said Rebelo.
Currently, FUNAE has, throughout the country, more than 70 photovoltaic systems benefiting 580 schools, more than 560 health units, 74 buildings of administrative posts and several economic enterprises that are leveraging the economy at local level.