Int’l: Jumeme Starts on Phase-I of Lake Victoria Hybrid Solar Mini-Grid Project

In this first scaling phase, 11 new mini-grids are currently being constructed to bring 24/7 electricity supply to a population of more than 80,000 people.

Jumeme Hybrid Solar Mini-Grid Project

RP Global, an independent renewable energy developer and majority shareholder of Jumeme Rural Power Supply Ltd., has announced that construction of the first phase of its ambitious solar-hybrid mini-grid project in Tanzania was in progress.

In this first scaling phase, 11 new mini-grids are currently being constructed to bring 24/7 electricity supply to a population of more than 80,000 people. Built on a cluster of islands in Lake Victoria, these independent solar-hybrid mini-grids, equipped with battery storage technology, will electrify 20 villages.

This project was enabled by the European Union, who provided co-financing through the ACP- EU Energy Facility, and REA, Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency. Commissioning is scheduled to take place in June of this year.

In the upcoming second scaling phase of the project, Jumeme aims to build up to 11 more mini-grids to electrify 23 additional villages, bringing energy services to a population of over 160,000 people. This project extension is well underway, with consents and permits already secured and preparations for the implementation taking place.

Leo Schiefermüller, Director of RP Global Africa, said, “Besides the existing legal framework and the favourable solar resources, our decision to invest in Tanzania is a direct consequence of the low electrification rate in the country. Solar hybrid mini-grids are the least-cost electrification option, especially in rural areas and the pay-as-you-go business model of Jumeme makes electricity consumption for the customer affordable.”

Apart from the obvious improvement of living conditions, bringing power to these off-grid communities, with great potential for increased rural economic growth when clean energy starts powering people’s lives and business ventures.

“Many of the remote communities in Tanzania are still without access to electricity. So far, our regions of operation show some of the lowest rural electrifications rates in Tanzania, ranging between 3% – 5%. In these areas, the population is widely dispersed across numerous distant villages and small towns making it hard to connect them through the national grid. By 2023, Jumeme could supply high quality and reliable electricity to 1 million Tanzanians, making this company the largest mini-grid operator in Sub-Sahara Africa, if the political and regulatory situation improves for investors” added Schiefermüller.

Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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