Madagascar is an island situated 400 km off the east coast of Africa, separated from the mainland by the Mozambique Channel. Currently, just 15% of the population has access to electricity, meaning the country’s economic and social development is hampered significantly.

However, the country has a target of electrifying 70% of the grid by 2030. Madagascar also plans to double its total installed solar capacity to reach 800MW by 2023.

Renewable energy is set to represent 85% of Madagascar’s energy mix by 2030, with solar making up 5% of this total. Despite being an ambitious goal, Madagascar has enormous solar potential, estimated at 2,000 kWh/m2 each year, with over 2,800 annual sun hours.

There are no import duties or VAT on solar panels or lithium batteries coming into Madagascar, but other equipment is subject to import duties.

Planned projects

Filatex is set to develop a 170MW total solar capacity over the coming years. Filatex is a renewable energy, real estate and free zones business and is the market leader in renewable solutions in Madagascar. The company is investing in solar projects in various locations across Madagascar to give 150,000 people access to clean, reliable energy.

ANKA Madagascar also has plans to roll out 60MW of solar. ANKA is a woman-led Malagasy impact company that specialises in developing and delivering affordable, sustainable solutions for rural communities, individuals and industrial organisations.

SegenSolar is keen to foster the development of additional small and large-scale solar installations across Madagascar. If you are a homeowner, you can get in touch for more details about our work in Madagascar. If you are a solar installer, you can register to our free portal to explore the product range.