An urban microgrid to power street lights in Yaoundé, Cameroon
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The city of Yaoundé in Cameroon regularly experiences power outages and selective power cuts during peak electricity use from 6 to 8 p.m. – when street lights come on. Emergency diesel generators are used to power communal buildings during these cuts – a costly, pollution-generating solution the city would like to limit.
In addition to the service continuity issue, street lights in certain areas are in disrepair. The Cameroonian State has therefore launched a street lighting upgrade programme, prioritising the replacement of lights in Yaoundé and Douala. As part of the programme, the Yaoundé Urban Community would like to develop a more ambitious project to secure the energy supply for public infrastructure (the city hall building and street lighting) and contribute to the city’s energy transition.