A rural electrification scheme in Togo is set for a leap forward after a deal with UK-based solar system manufacturer Bboxx.
The company launched its operations in Togo this week in the rural town of Awagomè, 166 km north of the capital Lomé, with a visit by President Faure Gnassingbé.
Following a tender process, Bboxx was awarded a contract to work with Togo's government to roll out 300,000 of its solar home systems by 2022. The company said it has already imported its products and will begin selling them in people's homes immediately, with an initial target of installing 10,000 over the next year.
Bboxx said it plans to work with La Poste, the country's largest distribution network, to sell and distribute its solar home systems, and will open shops at existing La Poste sites.
The CIZO scheme (which means 'lighting up' in the Guin language) aims to bring electricity to more than two million citizens by 2022, as well as facilitating the adoption of mobile payment across rural areas.
Bboxx said its solar systems will be sold on a pay-as-you-go model using popular mobile payments solutions. It will also offer customer service including remote monitoring of the home systems.
Dèdèriwè Abli-Bidamon, Togo's energy and mines minister, said: "The CIZO Initiative aims to significantly increase the electrification rate in rural areas of Togo by 2022 through the use of solar home systems.
"The commercialization of solar systems through the participation of private actors will accelerate the impact on the Togolese economy. Against this backdrop, the government is creating the right environment to foster and enable private actors to operate efficiently."