The government, in its determination to achieve electrical energy autonomy, gives a prominent place to renewable energies. Besides thermal energy, which has seen great achievements, solar energy is taking off. In the Municipality of , the populations are already benefiting from the benefits of this policy. A visit to the field, Monday March 16, 2020, made it possible to see the fact that renewable energies have been saving the village of for a year.
Monday March 16, 2020! It is 12 o’clock. An oppressive sun welcomes us to , a landlocked village in the Commune of , located 90 km from Cotonou. The landscape is green and populated by a few concessions. The calm and clean air foreshadowed a peaceful atmosphere. The people are quietly going about their business. Life is beautiful. In any case, for Paul , a farmer met in the distance from the local public primary school. His cheerful face giving the impression of having concluded a good deal, he was about to start his motorbike when we accosted him. Asked what founds his joy, he told us, without protocol, that he had just paid his electricity bill and that he took the opportunity to buy units to credit his prepaid electricity meter.
And yet! A year ago, he could not afford this luxury. The village was not electrified due to its distance from the Cotonou- route. I have been here for over twenty years. We didn’t have electrical power. We used lanterns and lanterns to see. But that had repercussions on our health, since we inhaled the smoke. It was a nightmare, looking completely disillusioned to remember this painful past.
A painful past which has since been mitigated by the advent of solar panels. But that had repercussions on our health, since we inhaled the smoke. It was a nightmare, looking completely disillusioned to remember this painful past. A painful past which has since been mitigated by the advent of solar panels. But that had repercussions on our health, since we inhaled the smoke.
It was a nightmare, looking completely disillusioned to remember this painful past. A painful past which has since been mitigated by the advent of solar panels.“When the solar panels appeared, we bought them and installed them on the roofs of our houses. But, they did not allow us to have the desired electric current ”, he informed.
On the right side of the primary school is one of the few refreshment bars in the village.The promoter, who had just served one of her clients, greeted us with a word of welcome in the local language. After having served us a drink, she willingly lent herself to our questions. “My bar, I opened it about ten years ago. To operate my freezers, I used generators to get electrical power. It did not benefit me, since I had to invest in the purchase of fuel.
I admit, at the time, my business was not profitable,Still showing the difficulties that people encountered in the light of the village’s non-connection to the conventional network, that in hot weather, they were forced to travel kilometers before buying ice cream. “To get ice cream, it was with the cross and the banner. We were going to the nearby village of Also, she continued, children should study with the lanterns with their corollary of respiratory illnesses.End of the ordeal”Today, ice cream is sold everywhere in.
was formal on the subject. But, by what alchemy is this now possible? Our interlocutor informed us that it is thanks to the photovoltaic solar electrification project initiated by the government that Adido enjoys, like all the other localities of Benin, electric current. “It is the sun that bothered us before that gives us the current today. Since this solar power plant was put in place, I have put away my generator. It is with the current coming from this infrastructure that I now supply my devices. My business is going well now.
My children also study in good conditions. The era of candlestick exhibitions is over, happily. Earlier, Paul also told us of his joy at being one of the beneficiaries of this project from now on. “I use my devices. I charge my cell phone regularly. I follow information on radio and TV. I can’t tell you how relieved this project is. The tailors, the embroiderers, the hairdressers and others carry out their activities properly, he launched, frowning to express his satisfaction.
According to him, the government’s initiative to drive the dark to using renewable energy is to be welcomed. This is also why, he continued, he regularly pays his bills. Besides, he had just taken the citizen act when we met him. To prove it, he exhibited two receipts. One, marked “Contribution to the interior installation”, shows an amount of 2100 Australia. And the other provides information on the amount of the credit purchased (1,000 Australia ). “The bill is not affordable, but the benefits of electrical power are worth it.0