Decentralized power generation

Next to large scale grid-connected power generation projects, ENGIE is also active on the off-grid market in Africa and has developed innovative solutions to provide reliable, affordable and sustainable power to the populations which are not connected to the central grid.

In March 2016, ENGIE commissioned its first “PowerCorner” 16 kW micro-grid unit – consisting of solar panels, batteries and a diesel generator – in a remote village of Tanzania and plans to develop and install 7 more sites in 2017 and many more units in the coming years.

A partnership agreement with Orange

The agreement with Orange covers two projects: rural electrification and energy optimization by ENGIE of Orange telecom infrastructure in Africa. ENGIE and Orange will leverage their respective know-how in telecommunications and in renewable energy production, to offer domestic power solutions for rural populations.
The service should be commercialized by Orange, and will have a billing system via mobile thanks to Orange Money solution. Currently we implement solar energy solutions for rural households in Tanzania, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. If satisfactory, this solution could be rolled out on a larger scale.

Virtual reality visit to Power Corner installation in Tanzania.