EDP backs sustainable solar energy projects in Africa

July 9 (Renewables Now) – Portuguese utility EDP – Energias de Portugal SA (ELI:EDP) announced on Thursday it will invest EUR 500,000 (USD 592,000) in solar projects capable of benefiting more than 30,000 people in five African countries.

Through the A2E Fund, the Portuguese giant will support seven initiatives, such as the OffGridBox solar project aimed at providing energy and clean water to six refugee camps in Rwanda.

In Nigeria, EDP will help deploy solar-powered refrigeration systems in eight markets for fish sellers in the Lagos area and for a community of women farmers.

Viva con Agua by Sankt Pauli and Luwire Wildlife Conservancy will use solar systems in Mozambique to power water desalination technology and basic services for the local population, including the irrigation of agricultural fields.

With ADDP Angola, EDP will replace diesel generators at two schools, while DAAP Malawi will supply clean electricity to a vocational school, the Portuguese utility noted.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.184)