Engie expanding solar mini-grids in Africa

6/8/18, 2:03 PM -

French based Engie plans to accelerate its activities for rural electrification in Africa via solar powered mini-grids.

Engie is expanding it`s solar powered mini-grids in Tanzania and other African countries.
Engie is expanding its solar powered mini-grids in Tanzania and other African countries.

A World Bank report recently uncovered that 600 million people living in Africa still lack access to electricity. The report also highlights that whilst electrification rates had increased by 5 percent between 2014 and 2016 across the continent, there was still a way to go for the region.

8 mini-grids installed in Tanzania

The Power Corner project was launched by Engie to electrify rural areas across Tanzania via sustainable mini-grids. Initially launched in 2015 as an incubation project, the company has up till now installed 8 mini-grids (4 in operation and 4 in construction) and plans to extend to more countries in the following years.

Using digital solutions such as mobile money

The main driver of the project is to create clean and affordable energy for rural populations in developing countries using digital solutions such as mobile money.  It is part of Engie’s wider ‘3D’ strategy, a response to global warming – decarbonise, decentralise and digitalise.

Decentralise power generation

Engie believe decentralise power generation will provide an alternative method that will increase access to energy and complementing the current energy grid structure according to a company speaker.

“Having already proven successful, the Power Corner project will be extended to a select number of countries across Africa, in order to provide additional rural communities with access to clean, safe and affordable energy”, the company stated. (HCN)

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