Light in Guinea-Bissau

FRES Guiné-Bissau was founded in 2011 and provides Solar Home System-services to households and small businesses.

The local company office is located in the city of Gabú in the eponymous province in the east of Guinea-Bissau, bordering on Senegal and Guinea. Because of its success in providing rural communities with access to electricity, even the capital of Bissau is looking at Gabú as an example.

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Guinea_Bissau_mapAccess to electricity in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau, in West Africa, has 1.6 million inhabitants on more than 36,125 km². It’s one of the poorest countries in the world. Guinea-Bissau holds the 177th position on the most recent Human Development Index of the UNDP.

A mere 5.7% of the nation’s people has access to electricity, but at irregular intervals. Only 2.6% of the population has access to electricity on a permanent basis.

The political situation remains unstable after the military staged a coup in April 2012. National elections were scheduled for November 2013, but these eventually took place in April/May 2014.

 

 

Facts & figures

Year founded 2011
Shareholders 80% Nuon
20% FRES
Products and services SHS
Number of customers 2,041
Number of energy shops 13
Number of employees 6
Capacity 262 kWp

 

Management FRES Guiné-Bissau

Reinder Bouwmeester General Manager
Everard Geurtsen Chairman
Caroline Nijland Board Member