A deal signed in the capital of Togo is set to put in place a government initiative with French Energy company EDF and BBOX to bring full solar home systems to half a million households by 2030. The purpose of BBOX is to design, create, finance, and distribute solar systems in developing areas of the world to create a wider base of access to energy. Since just 2017 BBOX has been responsible for power to 26,000 people within the boundaries of the Togo government alone. The solar home systems that BBOX supplies include elements that allow for the powering of domestic appliances such as fans, radios, and TVs, and allow people to charge their mobile phones.
Given that solar and wind power are now the least expensive energy source in all countries save for Japan, the model makes sense, especially in areas with abundant sunlight to convert like Togo. Seeing the amount of good that can be done in developing countries using battery storage with this solar deal and providing sustainable, renewable energy to places further off the grid, it’s a wonder that the Capacity Market in the UK is under fire and being denied opportunities for funding battery storage for solar.
Multiple communities and businesses are looking to solar power as the future, sustainability looking more attractive with each passing day given the latest scare regarding the state of the environment and climate change. From power house communities lined with solar panels and heating elements that all contribute to a reserve of solar power in Neath Port Talbot to the £1 million project to install on the Port of Goole roof, sustainability is in motion everywhere one looks nowadays. The Togo government solar deal is simply the tip of the iceberg.
Most people involved in these efforts to lead the way to cleaner, renewable energy are simply excited to contribute to a world full of people who come up with new ways to be kinder to the earth and more careful with the resources they create. Everything from yachts (one in particularly running the bill up to £1.2 million and reportedly operating at volumes as ‘silent as a canoe’ because of the energy source) to airports are jumping into the game that is innovating and implementing solar and wind power, and as the costs of renewable energy continue to become more attainable than the damaging force of fossil fuels and the like, it’s no wonder. The demand for better batteries is growing alongside the market for all-electric automobiles, and society’s reliance on clean sustainable energy grows alongside it.
As for Togo, EDF’s investment in the project will speed up the deployment in Togo of the solar home systems, maximizing efficiency, and the company aims to provide the technical know-how necessary to improve the performance of the batteries themselves for the storage of generated energy. EDF and BBOX do plan to continue working together in other African countries, and per the Togo government agreement aim for a market share of 35% in Togo by the year 2024 as EDF follows the solar deal in its goal to triple its activity outside of Europe. With Europe housing Spain, which reportedly wants to run exclusively on renewable energy by 2050, the drive for sustainable energy is unlikely to stop there.