The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has agreed a partnership with next-gen utility Bboxx that will bring clean power to millions of its citizens. Bboxx makes, supplies and finances decentralised solar powered systems for use in developing countries. And in signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Congo at the UK – Africa Investment Summit in London, it starts the ball rolling on a project that will deliver affordable electricity to 10 million Congolese by 2024, around 10% of the population.
“It’s very encouraging to see the DRC’s ambitious vision to use the latest technology to improve the country’s energy access and to drive economic development,” said Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and Co-founder, Bboxx. “Bboxx has already had a tangible impact in the country and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with the government to continue to transform more lives. This agreement will be the key to unlocking the potential of underserved communities and to ensure a successful socio-economic impact on the Congolese population.”
The deal will positively impact a number of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 7: delivering reliable, affordable energy; and with 100k jobs set to be created, SDG 8, which promotes decent work and economic growth; and SDG 13 climate action, thanks to the estimated offsetting of four million tonnes of CO2e emissions.