Togo subsidises solar panels.

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Togo has begun subsidising off-grid solar power systems in an effort to provide cheap energy solutions to the large amount of its citizens who are not plugged in to the national grid. Less than 40% of African households are connected to a national grid, representing a huge underexploited power market. Off-grid power solutions are now aiming to fill that gap and have started to attract the attention of large European power utilities.

"Access to electricity is a basic need and the government of Togo is committed to achieving 100 per cent access for all ... by ensuring that no one is left behind," Energy Minister Marc Ably-Bidamon said in a statement with partner company BBOXX, a UK-based solar company.

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