Light in Guiné-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 1.9 million inhabitants with a surface area of 36,125 km². It is one of the poorest countries in the world. Guinea-Bissau holds the 177th position on the most recent Human Development Index of the UNDP.
15% of the nation’s people has access to electricity, but at irregular intervals.
Guinea Bissau is plagued by political instability, poverty, corruption and drug trafficking. The most recent military coup was in 2012. The political situation remains unstable with nine coups or attempted coups since independence from Portugal in 1974. National elections were held in November 2019, though due to no candidate acquiring the 50% required majority, runoffs will be held before the end of the year.
In 2017, FRES Guiné-Bissau took its first solar powered mini-grid into operation near the village of Contuboel. It currently supplies 450 households, businesses, schools and health centres 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||4,480|
|Number of energy shops||11|
|Number of employees||35|
|Management FRES Guinea-Bissau