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ENGIE Equatorial inaugurates game-changing Lolwe Mini-Grid in Uganda



ENGIE Equatorial inaugurates game-changing Lolwe Mini-Grid in Uganda

Lolwe‘s mini grid is setting the stage for the next generation of decentralized energy infrastructure and will help accelerate universal access to energy.

KAMPALA, Uganda, January 14, 2022/APO Group/ —

Fully integrated clean energy multiple services, from electricity to rural service delivery; Aligned with a sustainable, green and blue economy; Business model focused on the productive use of energy; Impact that changes the lives of the local population; Africa’s most advanced mini-grid sets a new benchmark for the future of energy access on the continent

ENGIE Equatorial is pleased to announce that the Lolwe 600 kWp solar hybrid mini-grid, with an integrated production center and electric mobility, was inaugurated today on the island of Lolwe, Uganda, in the presence of the Ugandan Minister of Energy, H.E. Ruth Nankabirwa.

This joint project between ENGIE Energy Access and Equatorial Power Ltd. is the most advanced mini-grid on the African continent. It is the result of a strong African-European alliance and is a real game changer for the energy landscape in Uganda and the continent in general.

This project, which sets new records in terms of value and replicability, connects more than 3,000 homes and more than 700 businesses, impacting 15,000 people and providing clean and reliable electricity, as well as a range of other services. The project addresses the urgent needs of the local population, who lack access to clean, reliable energy and clean water. The project is scalable to the entire Lake Victoria region (the largest lake in Africa) and can be implemented in other African countries.

Beyond providing affordable, reliable and renewable electricity, the Lolwe mini-grid features a production hub that will transform raw materials into value-added products, addressing basic needs that are currently underserved on the islands. The center includes water pumping, distribution and purification services, modern fish-drying facilities and ice-making devices to preserve the daily catch.

An electric mobility solution for fishing boats and motorcycles completes the green energy-enabled and integrated infrastructure on site, to the benefit of users. ENGIE Equatorial also provides business incubation and asset financing services to foster the growth of local businesses.

The Lolwe project is a truly scalable model: it combines green infrastructure and ICT innovation to achieve real impact. This is the beginning of a “mini-grid 2.0” model that offers more for investors and communities alike. It is a significant milestone and benchmark for the energy access space.

Riccardo Ridolfi, CEO of ENGIE Equatorial, says: “With the Lowe project, we demonstrate our vision of access to energy: for us, electricity is not an end but a means to offer other essential services such as clean water, agro-processing and electric mobility. . too. This is the vision that we believe will truly impact communities and bring socially and financially sustainable development to the African continent.”

Gillian-Alexandre Huart, CEO of ENGIE Energy Access, comments: “Lolwe’s mini-grid distributed renewable technology and integrated business model will significantly improve the lives and economic prospects of underserved communities living off the grid. Lolwe’s mini-grid is setting the stage for the next generation of decentralized energy infrastructure and will help accelerate universal energy access.”

With the appropriate institutional support, ENGIE Equatorial is committed to investing substantial amounts of capital to replicate this project throughout the islands of Lake Victoria and beyond.

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