Micro Power Economy for Rural Electrification

Providing power supply to remote villages using renewable energy sources
2010 SEED Award Winner Clean Energy Dakar, Senegal

The goal of the initiative is to offer rural customers in Senegal reliable power supply through the innovative business model “MicroPowerEconomy” that enhances social, environmental and economic sustainability for both the rural customers and the power provider. MicroPowerEconomy establishes stand-alone hybrid power systems for the environment-friendly and reliable electrification of rural villages while promoting the development of local enterprises to ensure the power supply’s economic viability. The business model is to provide green energy technology, micro-finance services and business training to stimulate local economic growth, while at the same time minimising risks to make rural electrification an interesting investment opportunity. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Micro Power Economy provides with a reliable power supply using renewable energy sources which opens-up new opportunities for income-generating activities.
  • Providing a reliable power supply for public lighting to enhance security and for healthcare to refrigerate medicines and vaccines.
  • Ensuring lighting and media access in schools and households contribute to better education and information.

  • Using renewable energy sources (such as wind and solar power), which leads to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and to reduced dependency on imported fossil fuel.

     

  • Providing a reliable electricity supply in combination with financial services, e.g. micro-loans.
  • Cresting opportunities for income-generating activities, and creating local jobs and income flow, thereby reducing rural to urban migration.

Partners

This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

INENSUS West Africa S.A.R.L. (Senegal) MicroPowerEconomy’s lead partner, is a power provider for rural areas.

MATFORCE CSI (Senegal) specialises in energy services and technology supply.

PAMECAS (Senegal): provides micro-finance services to rural customers and takes care of billing and accounting in the villages.

INENSUS GmbH (Germany) has specific know-how about off-grid power systems and supplies technical core components made in Germany.

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