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PowerCorner

Smart mini-grids to provide affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy services for off-grid populations

May 2018
July 2022
Gallery PowerCorner 1
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01.

Identification

ENGIE PowerCorner produces reliable, clean and productive energy and provides affordable energy services, easily accessible to isolated populations. The solar mini-grid installation is connected via smart electricity meters to several thousands of users, such as small industries and workshops (tailoring, welding, woodwork, agribusiness, etc.), public services (schools, health centers, water pumps, telecom infrastructures), businesses (beauty salons, shops & restaurants, cinemas), families and individuals. PowerCorner combines solar energy, mobile money, pre-paid smart energy meters, access to efficient appliances, and social engagement to offer a compelling service to customers. By providing entrepreneurs with new opportunities to develop their activities and launch new ones, ENGIE PowerCorner unlocks the economic potential of the communities and enables a quick enhancement of the living conditions.

Label Date July 2022
By Engie
From France
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Visibility, Funding, Partners

Sectors - Value chain - Application

Sectors
Applications
Design, Power & Produce
Package & Distribute
Use & Efficiency
Valorize & Restore
Value Chain Steps
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02.

The environmental benefits

  • 16 mini-grid sites in operation or construction, over 6000 connections and more than 30000 people impacted (currently expanding activities in new countries replicating the same business model)
  • One fully integrated 2.0 mini-grid of 600 kWp in operation in Uganda which includes an industrial park for ice machine, dry machine and water pump, with an e- mobility option (16 electric boats and 10 electric motorbikes)
  • Mini-grid customers can pay with mobile money to upload their smart meters
  • A program of mini-grids with 40,000 connections will avoid the emission of around 20,000 tons of CO2 per year
  • Intelligent irrigation system linked with the Solution's minigrid reduces agricultural losses by about 30% and ensures the efficient use of water
  • Providing services of electric mobility (e-boats and e-motorcycles) powered by solar mini-grids to rural African fishermen and moto taxis in order to reduce their energy costs and their impact on the environment.
03.

The Financial benefits

  • Main focus in providing solutions to productive uses: electricity as an enabler of economic growth, improved life quality of customers as the Solution provides efficient appliance on lease and cash basis
  • The use of mobile money translates to financial inclusion for the customers who are otherwise excluded from the financial services industry
  • No dependence on diesel and its price fluctuations
04.

Activity Region

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  • Headquarters
  • Activity
05.

Company Profile

Engie

As a major stakeholder in the international energy industry, ENGIE is focused on its 3 core businesses of Electricity, Natural Gas and Energy Services to support and develop a new vision of energy for the world: sustainable energy available to everyone.

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Headquarters 92400 Courbevoie, France
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The information set out above, is solely for the purposes of information and the Solar Impulse Foundation does not provide any guarantee as to its authenticity, completeness or accuracy. This information does not constitute investment advice or a recommendation to buy into, transact or to enter into any agreement with any of the parties or persons mentioned above. Potential investors or interested parties are solely responsible for their investment or business decisions and for performing any due diligence required by the circumstances.