They will use the solar panels and batteries on a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) basis, at a rate of less than $0.20 per day. The EIB said customers will pay back the cost of the systems using mobile banking. The loan will enable customers to pay for the solar systems in the West African CFA franc used in Benin, rather than in US dollars.
“Vulnerable communities across Africa are being impacted by global energy shocks triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and so improving access to affordable and clean energy is even more important to fight poverty, create jobs, and empower women and girls,” said EIB Vice President Ambroise Fayolle.
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