Africa Mining: Angola spends US$114 million on solar power equipment

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The Angolan company Aenergia, established in 2012 and a partner of the American General Electric group, has been contracted by the Angolan government to supply solar power equipment for use in remote areas of the country, per the terms of a presidential authorisation.

The US$114.2 million deal covers the supply and installation of industrial generators, home generators, photovoltaic generation kits, as well as technical assistance.

The contract with the Energy and Water Ministry includes the supply of equipment to set up distribution networks involving power systems isolated from national coverage.

Lusa news agency has reported that the May 2014 population census concluded that only 1.7 million dwellings (31.9 percent of the total) had guaranteed access to the electric power network, almost exclusively in urban areas, whereas in rural areas only 48,100 households are served. (Source: Macauhub)

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