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Roll-out mini-grid based rural electrification Tanzania

E.ON Off Grid Solutions (“EOGS”) develops, owns and operates off-grid energy systems in rural areas in Africa. Current focus is Tanzania, but it is foreseen to extend operations into other (East / Sub-Saharan) African countries (post 2016). Customer segments are villages and businesses without access to the main electricity grid. Technical solution is a containerized PV-Battery Hybrid-System (+ potentially Diesel generator as back-up) + mini-grid for distribution and pre-paid metering (based on mobile money) with a high degree of standardization to achieve cost reductions. In the medium-term it is foreseen to extent the technology portfolio to other technologies (e.g. small wind), if economically reasonable. Specific projects will be developed and designed by EOGS, while actual assembly/installation will be performed by local contractors. The business model is based on long-term asset operation and sale of electricity as well as other services.

Project code: TAN11008

Project Type: Scale-up

Sector: Hybrid (Solar and Battery / Diesel as backup)

Location of Implementation: Tanzania

Duration (months): 9

Organization: E.ON Off Grid Solutions GmbH

Type of Organization: Private company

Project Office: Themi Hill, Njiro road, Arusha

Country of lead applicant: Tanzania

Website: www.eon.com

Status: ongoing