With over 80% of Africans living without modern, affordable, safe and reliable energy, access to energy is a key activity for us in Africa. ENGIE is the only energy player that boasts wholly owned solar home systems and mini-grids providers. Our decentralized solutions cover the full spectrum of energy needs, so that we can deploy the integrated zero carbon transition “as a service”.
We believe that universal access to electricity is possible in the foreseeable future thanks to a smart combination of national grid extension, mini-grids and solar home systems, depending on the local characteristics of the energy demand.
We launched our Access to Energy strategy back in 2018, in line with the ambition of expanding our African footprint and impacting millions of lives on the continent. The strategy has now evolved into a full-fledged business with the successful integration of our solar home system companies, Fenix International and ENGIE Mobisol; and mini-grids provider, ENGIE PowerCorner, under one entity and one name – ENGIE Energy Access.
With this integration, ENGIE Energy Access is now one of the leading off-grid, Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo) solar and mini-grid solutions providers in Africa, serving over 1 million customers and impacting more than 5 million lives in 9 countries – Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Mozambique.
ENGIE Energy Access is now able to serve our customers according to their specific energy needs.
Our solutions cover the full spectrum:
- Basic lighting and phone charging in expandable, lease-to-own solar home systems that can be paid off in instalments starting at $0.14 per day;
- Advanced, smart solar home systems for households that range from 40W to 200W and productive use appliances to establish solar-powered small businesses;
- Solar mini-grids by ENGIE PowerCorner that power whole villages 24/7. These mini-grids foster economic development by enabling electrical productive use and by triggering business opportunities for entrepreneurs in the village.