The company says that the partnership will benefit state-owned electric utility company Jirama, which will be able to cut costs by up to 40% and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
- Just 15% of Madagascar’s population has access to energy, falling to 4% in rural areas.
- According to Lighting Africa, this is largely due to low population density outside urban zones.
- The World Bank’s Doing Business report for 2018 ranked Madagascar 184th out of 190 countries for access to electricity.
Yet the resources exist for the country to close the gap with the sub-Saharan average. Madagascar has 2,800 hours of sunlight per year and potential annual capacity of 2,000 kWh/m². The country aims to extend access to energy to 70% of the population by 2030.
Filatex says it is still looking for new technical partners. “Madagascar can export its know-how,” Yavarhoussen explains. “If we can do it in Madagascar, we can do it abroad.”