The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), together with its partners, invited companies from Europe and Africa active in the field of solar energy for a trade mission to Mozambique.
The trade mission started with a two-day seminar in Maputo. Moreover, the participants took part in the conference “Renewables in the Electrification of Mozambique” on 25 and 26 October. The trade mission consisted of eight European companies from the solar energy industry interested in the Mozambican market and more than 20 companies from Mozambique and other African countries.
On 23 October, the international participants were briefed on the Mozambican market and were joined for a round-table with the most relevant Mozambican institutions FUNAE, EDM and CNELEC. Hereafter, the trade mission participants visited the PV plant established by FUNAE, the Mozambican energy fund in 2013. On 24 October 2017, project developers, manufacturers, service providers and consultants from both Europe and Africa joined together to discuss business potentials and solutions to increase the use of renewables in Mozambique.
On the following days, the trade mission participants joined the international conference “Renewable Energy in the Electrification of Mozambique” in Maputo (25 and 26 October). The conference was dedicated to discussing the contribution of renewable energy towards the electrification of the country. During the two days of the conference, more than 200 delegates had the opportunity to participate in discussions of high-level representatives of the principal Mozambican as well as representatives from international institutions and project developers operating in the energy sector.
On the final day, the delegation went on a field trip in and around Matola, close to Mozambique’s capital Maputo. One company implementing Solar Home Systems and solar applications in a Pay-as-you-go model was visited. Hereafter, the delegation visited two neighbourhoods where applications are in use. Through the visit, the participants gained a clear picture of the logistic challenges, but also the positive impact that electrification does have for areas with high energy poverty.