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Several provinces in the south of Angola have been earmarked to benefit from a solar project aimed at increasing access to electricity and potable drinking water.
A solar home system project in Angola is set to provide electricity to at least 350,000 people, the majority of whom live in rural areas. The project is set to span over four of the country’s 18 provinces. Off-Grid Europe, an Alliance for Rural Electrification member, also announced plans to open a subsidiary, Off-Grid Angola.
Historically, Angola has been heavily dependent on oil, with oil export revenues in 2012 accounting for a staggering 97% of the government’s total export revenue. Angola’s recent shift toward renewable resources is a bold, future-driven vision, marking a major turning point in the nation’s economic trajectory.
The funds will be used to set up 48 hybrid photovoltaic generation systems with energy storage that will serve as “mini grids” and operate autonomously to provide renewable electricity for communities not connected to the national grid, a statement said last week. The planned solar facilities are expected to serve about 203,000 households.
The goals show the country’s electrification rate increase from 43% in 2022 to 53% in 2030 and 72% by 2050. In terms of renewable energies (including hydroelectric), the percentage of energy supply that, since 2022, is around 56% will increase to 70%, by 2030, and 94%, in 2050.
Given rising energy demand and low electrification rates at present, grid-connected, off-grid and hybrid systems represent key investment opportunities within Angola’s power sector. In July 2022, the Solar Home Systems (SHS) market in Angola is still in its infancy, with sales in the range of 3,000 systems recorded to date.
With a current electrification rate of 10% in rural areas, the Government of Angola has instituted an ambitious plan to establish incentives and implement a program for the productive use of renewable energies to address rural and agricultural demand.

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