(Agence Ecofin) – In Madagascar, national electricity production will double in the next five years. This is apparent from the communication of ambitions of the new executive for the electricity sector, made by Roland Ravatomanga (photo), the new Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons when he took office.
The achievement of this goal will be achieved through five major axes, said the new portfolio manager. The first is the introduction of new sources of energy, solar, wind, hydroelectric, thermal conventional in cities already connected to the power grid. This will improve the quality of electricity supply and gradually reduce load shedding.
In addition, in rural areas and localities that are too far away to be connected to the national grid, solar electric kits will be massively distributed at an affordable cost and with payment facilities for the beneficiary localities.
The Ministry of Energy will also plan and implement plans for electrification for development areas of industrial, tourism and fisheries activities among others. The same work will also be done for the new cities being incorporated in the country.
Finally, alternative solutions such as biogas and bioethanol will be introduced to combat air pollution and deforestation due to the use of fuelwood and charcoal as an energy fuel by households.
The country currently has an installed electrical capacity of about 500 MW for an electrification rate of about 25%.
Gwladys Johnson Akinocho