Fonroche wins contract for 15,000 solar streetlights in Benin


Corporate news, Our international projects / Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Benin – another global win for Fonroche Lighting

Fonroche to deliver 15,000 solar streetlights in Benin

Fonroche Lighting has started 2019 by winning Benin’s international competition for the installation of 15,000 off-grid solar streetlights. It’s all part of the country’s ‘Asphalting’ project to modernize and upgrade public lighting for 10 cities, including Cotonou and Porto-Novo. The solar streetlights will be installed across several hundred kilometres over the next two years.

This is the second-largest urban solar lighting contract ever, after the contract for 50,000 streetlights in Senegal. Together, these two major successes secure Fonroche Lighting’s leadership in the solar market.

See press release

Fonroche solar streetlights

Developed by our in-house R&D teams, Fonroche Lighting’s proprietary solar technology is completely autonomous. During the day, the sun’s energy is captured by the PV module and stored in the battery. Then at night, it is redistributed to power the LED light unit. The dependability of our solar streetlights has been proven on many successful projects around the world.

Laurent Lubrano, Managing Director of French SME Fonroche, says: “This latest achievement confirms the competitiveness of our products. […] Today’s solar streetlights cost less than grid-connected lighting. They’re easier to install, greener and – because there’s no more electricity bills – they’re more cost efficient.”

Clear leaders in the off-grid solar lighting market

Over 800 projects worldwide in 2018

Last year, Fonroche installed thousands of public solar streetlights in locations across five continents.

Key projects included:

  • Columbia’s 5 km viaduct – the ‘Viaducto de la Paz’ 
  • A Calais motorway junction
  • A 20 km stretch of road in the Kuwaiti desert
  • A hypermarket car park in Toulouse, France
  • Installation of 50,000 solar streetlights in Senegal (ongoing)

Check out this video of some of our major projects worldwide

Global team, global network

The Fonroche Group employs 200 people, with 20 sales agents in France, 50 distributors worldwide and two export subsidiaries in Senegal and Kenya. And 2019 looks set to be another great year for recruitment! See all our job offers on our website and LinkedIn page.