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President Faure Gnassingbé kicked off a project to install 50,000 autonomous and smart solar street lamps in Kadjanga, a village located in the Binah prefecture (northern Togo). The project will cover 4599 communities across the country, with emphasis on the Savanes region.
Two agreements–one for €30 million and the other for €40 million–were signed in Brussels. The €30 million contribution will help develop agro-industries and enhance the management of natural resources, while the €40 million is a budget support program that will support access to basic social services, agriculture, and decentralization.
Part of the funds, which will be provided through the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), will be used to install 1,853 street lights and connect about 12,100 rural households. Besides Togo, the project will be implemented in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Chad.
Solar powered peanut dryers in Togo are helping women-run cooperatives reduce their workload and increase their profits. Despite the initial success of the solar dryers, there are challenges that remain for scaling up this innovation.
Winner of the 2022 “Tremplin Start-up” competition of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), entrepreneur Nadjagou Lalle Yentaguime is supporting rural electrification in Togo with his intelligent solar panels.
EDF and Bboxx will use the loan to expand Bboxx’s activities in the country in order to reach the government-set goal of servicing 1.5 million people by 2030. In addition, the loan will also support local smallholder farmers to access solar-powered irrigation.
Before Sung King bought Soleva, the two businesses were partners on the Cizo project, a rural electrification project initiated by the Togolese presidency. Under their partnership, Soleva distributed the solar kits of Sun King, formerly GreenLight Planet, in Togo.

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