Cote d’Ivoire’s rural electrification program steps up

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By Thomas Hedley, Senegal Field Editor

Cote d’Ivoire officially connected 60 villages to the 275 MW hydroelectric plant in Soubre in December, and expects to connect a further 190 villages this year.

Supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the electrification program – which aims to strengthen the production and supply of electricity networks across the country – will provide a stable supply of electricity to 252 villages in the Montagnes district.

AfDB’s financial support is allowing electrification of 728 villages in total. The ambition of the government is to connect villages with iver 500 residents.

The hydroelectric plant provides clean energy to the villages, and has the potential to save 3,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.