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ENGIE starts construction of 15 solar mini grids in Zambia

ENGIE Energy Access subsidiary MySol Grid Zambia will be responsible for constructing, owning, operating, and maintaining the mini grid projects.

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) and mini-grid solutions provider, ENGIE Energy Access, has started construction of 15 solar mini grids in the Eastern Province of Zambia. The projects form part of the Increase Access to Electricity and Renewable Energy Production (IAEREP) programme, funded by the 11th European Development Fund and the European Union.

According to ENGIE Energy Access, its subsidiary MySol Grid Zambia will be responsible for constructing, owning, operating, and maintaining the mini grid projects. 

The PAYGO company highlighted that the expansion of off-grid energy solutions in Zambia will provide reliable electricity to underserved families and small businesses, creating economic growth and increasing socio-economic welfare in local communities.

“We are excited to announce this significant milestone, which brings ENGIE Energy Access closer to achieving its goal of operating 60 mini-grids across five provinces in Zambia. This project supports several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 7, by delivering affordable, reliable, and sustainable clean energy to 40,000 people living in rural areas,” said Gillian-Alexandre Huart, CEO of ENGIE Energy Access.

The first sites in for projects will include: Lusinde, Kandongwa, Nyimba Mwana, Chidiwa, Chataika, Kanyanga, Petulo, Kasamba, Chidiwa, Mphole, Mung’omba, Kalambana, Mtore, Kondwelani, Lunga, and Luamphande and are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2024.

In 2023, MySol Grid Zambia signed a USD 7.5 million debt facility with Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), managed by Cygnum Capital. This funding will provide the company with the necessary resources and flexibility to construct a total of 60 mini-grids under the IAEREP programme. ENGIE says the funding is a significant step for the mini-grid sector, with these assets having attracted non-recourse long-term financing.

ENGIE Energy Access established its presence in Zambia in 2017. It currently has over 250 employees, 650 independent sales agents, and more than 60 points of presence across the country. The company has sold over 300,000 SHS kits and has 1 mini-grid operational in Chitandika.

The company is the leading Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) and mini-grids solutions provider in Africa. The company develops innovative, off-grid solar solutions for homes, public services and businesses, enabling customers and distribution partners access to clean, affordable energy. 

The PAYGO solar home systems are financed through affordable instalments and the mini-grids foster economic development by enabling electrical productive use and triggering business opportunities for entrepreneurs in rural communities. 

ENGIE Energy Access  has over 1,800 employees, operations in nine countries across Africa (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), 2.5 million customers and more than 12.5 million lives it serves so far. ENGIE Energy Access aims to serve 20 million lives across Africa by 2025.

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