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RESPITE – a $311 million regional project supported by the World Bank and approved on December 20, 2022, with legal agreements signed – aims to rapidly increase grid-connected renewable energy capacity and strengthen regional integration in the participating countries.
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.
Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a per capita gross domestic product of US$644. Most of the population depend on subsistence agriculture. Over 56% live in rural areas and many lack basic services such as healthcare, education and safe drinking water.
French Development Agency (AFD) and the German Development Agency (KfW) are providing €40 million in financing, half of which will be used to finance solid waste management in the Togolese capital. This loan is part of the fourth phase of the Lomé Urban Environment Project (PEUL IV) which aims to improve the living conditions of 2 mln inhabitants.
In Togo, the authorities are cancelling the payment of import duties on electric vehicles. These vehicles will now benefit from government approval as part of a policy to accelerate the green economy in this West African country.

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