Ambassador Yamate Remarks

Fluidic/Henri Fraise Solar Power Plant Inauguration and Launch of 100 Villages Project

I am honored to be here today to celebrate this partnership that will help advance Madagascar’s development in the energy sector.  Today’s event demonstrates the strong commercial cooperation between the United States and Madagascar, and it’s potential for helping both our countries.

The economic and development value of reliable energy systems to Madagascar and Sub-Saharan Africa is enormous, and the launch of the Power Africa initiative nearly four years ago focused U.S. government efforts on the ambitious but achievable goals of adding 30,000 megawatts and 60 million connections across Africa by 2030.  Power Africa expects that between 18,000 and 21,000 MW of that will be energy from newer, cleaner sources.

The partnership that we are celebrating today was funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (or “USTDA”).  USTDA uses a variety of tools, including feasibility studies and technical assistance, to provide the comprehensive analysis required to bring infrastructure projects from concept to financing to implementation.  By connecting our African partners to U.S. companies, USTDA activities help them build mutually beneficial, long-term business relationships.

Through USTDA, the U.S. Embassy is so proud to be part of the technical and economic study of solar photovoltaic-powered minigrids with integrated battery storage technology in up to 100 sites across Madagascar, as well as a pilot to demonstrate the proposed minigrid solution here in the village of Belobaka.  This project is a good example of how the U.S. Government is helping support U.S. technology innovation and solutions in Madagascar.

I want to note the important role of the private sector in helping to develop Madagascar’s energy sector.  Local Malagasy companies, international firms, and entrepreneurs have long recognized the challenges and opportunities presented by the country’s power needs.

 Henri Fraise and Fluidic Energy are shining examples of firms that are leading the way.  Their private sector-led minigrid projects will help to deliver new power for Malagasy households and businesses.   Henri Fraise and Fluidic plans to replicate this project here in Belobaka to 100 different sites, with an investment of $63million.

Implementation of the project across Malagasy villages will result in the installation of up to 10 megawatts of solar power generation and more than 88 megawatt hours of battery storage capacity, which will electrify more than 27,000 households and businesses in Madagascar.

I commend the commitment of the Government of Madagascar to increase the national electrification rate in order to bring reliable energy access to all populated areas of the country.  We are pleased to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative that will pave the path for the smart, sustainable energy grid of the future.

Thank you.