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Demonstration of an innovative, results-based business model for the rapid and cost-effective installation of decentralized rural energy solutions

Decentralized rural energy solutions such as solar micro-grids, biogas, and PV-based irrigation are critical to the achievement of universal energy access. However, rural energy ventures (REVs) face unique constraints to business growth, including: limited market information, underdeveloped infrastructure, and scarce human capital. These constraints increase the “pre-revenue” costs of site identification, assessment, and project installation, while decreasing investor confidence in rural energy opportunities.

The proposed project will pilot a novel process innovation (“eSquared”) designed to address the constraints of business growth, such as limited market information, underdeveloped infrastructure and scarce human capital. The project proposes to implement two field-based iterations of the model in the context of Devergy micro-grid operations, and publish lessons for broad dissemination. The project will generate new, field-tested operational knowledge supporting the acceleration of global investment into the rural energy sector, and will additionally deliver 900 electricity connections to off-grid communities in Tanzania.

Project code: TAN9023

Project Type: Demonstration

Sector: Solar PV

Location of Implementation: Tanzania

Duration (months): 12

Organization: Devergy East Africa Ltd.

Type of Organization: Private company

Project Office: Plot 174, block F, Msasani Area. Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam

Country of lead applicant: Tanzania

Website: www.devergy.com

Status: ongoing