The Mozambican government is launching a 200 kWp solar power facility at Matchedje, a town in the province of Niassa. The plant is linked to a mini-grid that will power 400 homes. The solar photovoltaic system was just launched in a ceremony presided over by Mozambique’s President, Philip Yacinto Nyusi.

The small solar power plant, which has a capacity of 200 kWp and a 5-kilometer distribution network, will provide electricity to 400 homes in a village in the province of Niassa in northern Mozambique. The Mozambican Energy Fund funded the building of these new facilities. 

According to official figures, 40% of Mozambicans have access to electricity, with 36% using the state-owned Electricidade de Moçambique’s grid and 4% using off-grid solar systems. The majority of these stand-alone solutions are used to electrify rural households.

On its part, the government of Mozambique will step up its efforts to increase access to electricity in rural areas as part of its “Energy for All” programme, focusing on renewable energy sources in particular. The Mozambican president also visited the Ngauma region to inaugurate a power line as part of this approach. A total of 23 kilometres of medium voltage line, 14 kilometres of low voltage line, and four transformer stations were built as part of the project.