In West Africa, the President of the Republic of Togo, H.E. President Faure Gnassingbé, has entered into partnership with a UK renewable firm to deploy 300,000 solar home systems.

Falling in line with the President’s CIZO (“light up” in Guin local language) initiative, the UK firm, BBOXX, is proud to have been co-awarded the project, for which it has signed an agreement to implement 300,000 solar home systems in Togo over the next five years.

In a company statement, the firm noted that the Togolese government has outlined its Vision 2030, which will provide the entire Togolese population with access to electricity via a sustainable energy mix.

The current population of Togo stands at 7 million people, of which 700,000 households are living without access to the grid, although 66% of the population has access to a mobile phone.

BBOXX solar innovation

The  partnership will seek to rollout the first 10,000 systems across Togolese rural areas over the next 12 months, the firm stated.

Dubbed ‘The BBOXX Home’, this innovation has successfully been deployed in Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Angola and South Africa.

The beneficiary is able to charge up to five lights, a television, radio and torches on a 12V battery.

In addition, the systems is equipped with various smart technology to ensure that efficient usage of power. Read more…

The presidency press release stated that: “In addition to increasing the rural electrification rate from 7% to 40%, the CIZO initiative aims at providing massive adoption of mobile payment solutions across rural areas thus facilitating financial inclusion of rural populations”.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mansoor Hamayun commented on the innovative approach led by the President of Togo: “The President has a strong vision to provide access to electricity to 2 million Togolese people.

“The governmental authorities have created the right framework to facilitate and attract private capital to electrify Togolese rural households. BBOXX is proud to have been selected by the Government of Togo and we will work hard to deploy our systems across the country.”

From left to right: Joe Segal (BBOXX), Mansoor Hamayun (CEO, BBOXX), H.E. President Faure Gnassingbé, Thomas Chevilotte (BBOXX advisor), Honorable Minister Cina Lawson, ICT Minister, and Honorable Minister Marc Bidamon, Minister of Energy. (PRNewsfoto/BBOXX)