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It cannot be said that the island state of Madagascar is at the centre of the international off-grid industry’s attention. However, a lively off-grid sector has been developing here for several years. It is therefore important to realise that the World Bank is currently causing serious damage to this local solar industry.
Approximately 75% of basic healthcare centres have no access to electricity or are equipped with a single independent solar refrigerator. The estimated potential market for health facility electrification by 2030 is 2,274 facilities. This will require a total investment of USD 83 million over the next 10 years.
The financing agreements were signed recently between the Malagasy authorities and local officials from the European Union (EU) and the French Development Agency (AFD). The two institutions have pledged €40million to implement the TalakyBe project, which aims to conserve and enhance the value of forests, as well as intensify sustainable agriculture
The Universal Energy Facility (UEF) will provide grantees with financial support to build solar mini-grids in communities without access to clean energy and where other polluting energy sources, such as diesel and petrol generators, charcoal and firewood, are common.

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