The Ministry of Water and Energy informs that in December, the company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has already electrified, through solar, 149 localities in Cameroon on a target of 166 villages. An estimated completion rate of approximately 89.9%.
Among the beneficiary localities of the photovoltaic plants installed by Huawei, mention is made, for example, of Ngang and Konyabetta (Center), Babessi (North-West), Doumaintang (East), Meyomessala (South), etc. The goal of electrifying 166 villages by solar energy is part of the pilot phase of a vast project that ultimately involves 1,000 communities across Cameroon. Each of them will have an average electrical capacity of approximately 32 KW.
The agreement that triggered this project was signed on September 26, 2012. The funds mobilized for its realization were obtained thanks to a loan-buyer loan from the Chinese partner Huawei, whose total amount of financing for the 166 localities rises to 106 million US dollars, or 53 billion FCFA. Of which, 7 billion FCFA for Cameroon and 46 billion FCFA for the Chinese part.
To see the number of beneficiary localities increase, the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, in June 2017, instructed the Minister of the Economy, to sign with Bank of China, a loan agreement of $ 123.3 million, or about CFAF 73.95 billion, under Phase 2 of this project. This sum will be used to finance the electrification of 184 localities.