Yaoundé Cameroon
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Solar Public Lighting in Yaoundé, Cameroon: Fonroche Lighting's Innovative Approach

Transforming the Streets of Etam Bafia with Fonroche Lighting

In 2020, a groundbreaking project was launched in Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, marking a significant shift in urban lighting. Fonroche Lighting installed 94 Smartlight solar street lamps in the Etam Bafia neighborhood, an area previously engulfed in darkness and considered unsafe after sundown. This project signifies a decisive step toward autonomous and sustainable solar public lighting.

Challenges and Goals

The lack of lighting on this road posed a major challenge for the community. A lighting solution that did not incur operational costs for the community was essential. Additionally, it was critical that the equipment could withstand the high temperatures characteristic of the region.

Benefits of Fonroche's Solution

  1. Enhanced Safety :  The installation of solar street lamps has transformed the nocturnal life of Etam Bafia's residents and users. Streets that were once dark are now well-lit, significantly reducing accident risks and increasing pedestrian safety.
  2. Energy Autonomy : Fonroche Lighting provided a lighting solution that operates autonomously, without operational costs or financial repercussions for residents.
  3. Durability and Reliability : Designed to function in extreme weather conditions, these solar street lamps ensure reliable lighting throughout the year.

Impact on Community and Urban Development

With a population of over 2.5 million according to Wikipedia, the city of Yaoundé requires modern and efficient infrastructure. Fonroche Lighting's initiative is part of a broader urban development movement, contributing to improving the quality of life for residents and fostering nighttime economic activities.


The solar public lighting project in Etam Bafia, Yaoundé, is a poignant example of how technology can transform communities and enhance safety. Fonroche Lighting, with its expertise and commitment to sustainable solutions, continues to play a key role in the evolution of urban infrastructure in Africa and globally.

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Project challenges

  • Users and pedestrians can move safely and extend their nighttime activities.
  • The lighting operates all year round without interruption or financial impact on the residents.
  • Having effective lighting every day without exception.