The Loudima family in the Congo has been without electricity for a long time, but they have found an environmental solution: solar energy.
The Congolese start-up Hélios Électricité has installed a solar power plant in the remote districts of Pointe Noire.
“I’m very happy to have the solar panels. I installed 10 solar panels. They power my 52-inch plasma TV, two freezers and even a two-horsepower air conditioner,” the family man told Africanews.
According to the World Bank, almost half of the Congolese population has no access to electricity.
Cheaper bills and a greener future
The Congo is one of the five largest oil producers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Despite its rich energy resources, the rate of electrification is low, especially in rural areas, mainly due to a lack of electricity infrastructure.
However, solar energy could be the future, as it should also be cheaper for households.
“What we have done for our customer, Mr Loudima, is a solar power plant with an output of 3000 megawatts, consisting of 10 solar modules of 300 watts each and a 3 KVA inverter. This system falls within the scope that we are doing want for our customers, namely to give them autonomy in electricity, “said Laslande Moutoundou; Head of Studies and Development Helios Electricity.
Not only is it a decarbonised energy solution that is transmitted directly from the sun, but it is also said to be cheaper.
“With a solar system you save more money than with a generator or an electricity bill, for example,” said Melki Valenti Tchicaya, installation and maintenance manager at Helios Electricity.
“You’re self-sufficient, which means you don’t have to pay a monthly utility bill and it’s cheaper to maintain.
“The advantage of a solar system is that the source is renewable energy and you can always have electricity because there is no blackout.”
Solar energy could be the miracle solution for triggering the energy transition, pumping fresh water and providing low-income households with basic needs.
But the panels cost a small fortune between 500 and 6,000 euros.