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Republic of Benin

0.008 GW

Located in West Africa between Nigeria to the east, Togo to the west, and bordered to the south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north by Niger and Burkina Faso, Benin covers an area of 114,763 km2 with a population of 11.18 million in the year 2017. 40% of the population lives in urban areas. French is the official language and the capital is Porto Novo.

Benin has significant agricultural potential, and in the recent years, new agro-industries based on cotton, pineapple, and cashew have emerged. Despite the economic growth, poverty remains widespread and is rising. With a GNI per capita of US$860 in 2015, Benin is one of the poorest countries in the world.

With electricity access at 43%, Benin’s energy sector is characterized by severe power outages, operational inefficiencies and remains heavily dependent on power imports for grid connected electricity, and on traditional biomass for cooking. Benin is heavily dependent on external sources for its energy supply. 100% of consumed petroleum products are imported. Benin has a low capacity for production of electric energy, which highlights its high dependence on neighboring countries (Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria) to meet its electricity needs.

Benin’s domestic energy sector is dominated by the use of biomass-based energy sources. There is potential for biodiesel from crops such as Jatropha, castor, palm, cotton, peanut and soy. Other sources of biomass energy include agricultural residues, ethanol and biofuels. Benin has huge potential for hydroelectricity generation. There is a commercially viable potential of 760 MW on the River Oueme and there is also potential to support rural electrification through exploiting over 80 other sites with small-scale hydropower plants. Wind speed measured at an altitude of 10 m varies from 3 to 5 m / s. However, there are more favorable areas in the northern region, in the center of the country and in the southern region, that are likely to host wind turbines. The documented solar energy potential ranges between 3.9 and 6.2 kWh/m². Mostly solar power is used to support rural solar electrification systems such as health care units and telecommunication in Benin.  

NFP Details: 

Mr. ASSAN T. Flinso

Directeur des Energies Nouvelles et Renouvelables (DENR)


Direction Générale de l'Energie (DGE)


Tel: (229) 95 96 10 64; 97 95 89 73 (Mob)

Photovoltaic Map: 
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Webpage/Web Article

US Firm wins PV consultancy contract in Benin

Article on Jacobs Engineering Group of the US being awarded program management consultancy contract for 4 solar PV project in Benin.

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Green Climate fund provides millions to develop solar energy

Article on The Green Climate Fund (GCF) granting €100 million to the West African Development Bank (BOAD). The loan is intended to decarbonize the energy mix in six West African countries through the development of solar projects

Available in multiple languages: English | French
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Benin mobilizes funding for energy sector

Article on funds attracting interest from several international groups looking to invest in the country over the past few months.

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Benin Electricity Distributor to pilot mini grid systems in Benin

Article on Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Rubitec Nigeria Limited to provide mini-grid electricity to its customers

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IED works on capacity building in Benin

Article on Three weeks of training organized in IED premises in Cotonou on rural electrification planning using the GEOSIM software. This training was provided for officials from the Beninese Agency for Rural Electrification and Energy Management, the Beninese Electricity Company of the Ministry of Energy and the Regulatory Agency of Benin.


Communauté Electrique du Bénin (CEB)

According to the “Bénino-Togolais” Code of Electricity (revised in 2003) which dedicates the opening of the production segment to the Independent Producers (IPP), the CEB's main mission is to realize and exploit according to the rules applied by the industrial and commercial companies, installations of production of electrical energy for the needs of the two States


Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE)

SBEE's main mission is to supply electricity to Benin's population. This mission consists in ensuring the transportation and distribution of electrical energy throughout the entire national territory. The production of electrical energy is not currently the prerogative of the SBEE because of the lack of financial means and an adequate policy of the Beninese government in this area.

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Agence Béninoise d’Électrification Rurale et de Maîtrise d’Energie du Bénin (Agency for Rural Electrification and Energy Management, Benin)

ABERME's mission is to implement state policy in the fields of rural electrification and energy management. For this purpose, it is responsible to carry out strategic studies, develop national and regional development programs, coordinate and monitor their implementation, to instruct investment projects seeking the benefit of incentives to promote rural electrification and energy management

Available in multiple languages: English | French

Autorité de Régulation de l’Électricité du Bénin (Regulatory Authority of Electricity, ARE)

Ensures compliance with the laws and regulations governing the electricity sector in Benin; Guarantee the continuity and the quality of the public electricity service; Ensure the financial balance of the sector and its harmonious development; Ensure compliance with standards for the production, transmission and distribution of electrical energy; Ensure the exercise of effective, fair and fair competition in the interest of the State, operators and consumers; Advise the authorities on the orientations of the sector's policy.

Legal/Regulatory Document

The Benino Togolese Code Of Electricity

Lays out the Code governing the electricity sector


GOGLA- Off grid green energy facility

The Off Grid Clean Energy Facility, or OCEF, is a USD 32 million matching grant Challenge fund over five-years (2017-2022) looking to co-finance profitable off-grid renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Benin.


Benin Investor’s Guide

A guide for investors submitted by the Electricity Authority


UNEP Benin Energy Profile

Energy sector overview and key statistics provided by UNEP

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African Energy

Website lists tenders relating to energy projects across countries, including Benin

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ECREE Tenders

Website of ECREEE lists tenders

Available in multiple languages: English | French

Benin Power Compact


A briefing memorandum by MCC to spur solar IPP investment in Benin