Light in Guinea-Bissau
FRES Guiné-Bissau was founded in 2011 and provides Solar Home System and mini-grid 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, 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.
In 2017, FRES Guiné-Bissau took it’s first solar powered mini-grid into operation near the village of Contuboel. It currently supplies more than 440 households, businesses, schools and health centers with clean energy, and enables public lighting. In the near future the solar plant might be expanded to benefit even more citizens. The setting up of the mini-grid in Contuboel was possible thanks to the collaboration between FRES, the European Commission and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
Facts & figures
|Products and services||SHS and a solar powered mini-grid|
|Number of customers||4,780|
|Number of energy shops||11|
|Number of employees||28|
Management FRES Guiné-Bissau
|Archives Fernandes||General Manager|
|Coen de Ronde||Chairman|
|Jolan Dalati||Board Member|
|Tamara Borges||Board Member|