Unlocking the economic development potential of rural communities with renewable mini-grids and a long-term service engagement towards our customers.
MySol Grid (formerly ENGIE PowerCorner) started in 2015 as an incubation project within the ENGIE Group.
In March 2016 we commissioned our first 16 kWp mini-grid unit in Ketumbeine, a remote village in Northern Tanzania, powering 120 houses and businesses. This case clearly demonstrated that decentralised, clean and reliable energy is a viable option in remote rural areas.
Since then, MySol Grid is developing its activities in Sub-Sahara Africa with the ambition to give access to energy to millions of people in Africa.
As ENGIE Energy Access we are proudly combining mini-grids with modular solar home systems as a unique, integrated business offering.
Our MySol Grids
16 MySol Grids
330 MySol Grids
Mini-grid of the Year
MySol Grid produces reliable, clean and productive energy and provides affordable energy services, easily accessible to isolated populations. Our production installation is connected via smart electricity meters to several thousands of users:
- Small industries and workshops (tailoring, welding, woodwork, agribusiness, etc.),
- Public services (schools, health centres, water pumps, telecom infrastructures),
- Businesses (beauty salons, shops & restaurants, cinemas),
- Families and individuals
Our MySol Grids combine solar energy, mobile money, pre-paid smart energy meters, access to efficient appliances and social engagement to offer a compelling service to its customers.
By providing entrepreneurs with new opportunities to develop their activities and launch new ones, MySol Grid unlocks the economic potential of the communities and enables a quick enhancement of the living conditions.
Warren from Nakopi (TZ)
One of our MySolGrid Customer
Warren, a welder living in Tanzania, says that signing up to his local village’s MySol Grid has changed the future prospects of his family. He explains: “I am very pleased with the mini-grid service because it is cheaper than diesel to run my machines, and it is reliable. Since I got connected to MySol Grid, I have been able to start selling some groceries as a second business and diversify my revenues. As my income has increased, I can now pay for my two children to go to university.”
Kahim from Mbeya (TZ)
One of our MySolGrid Customer
"As soon as I started to access MySol Grid electricity, I saw a number of business opportunities flowing in my mind. Because my village is facing a huge problem of water for domestic use, I decided to explore the water supply business. It has been almost 4 months since I started the business. I serve over 60 people a day and the number keeps growing. My revenues are higher than expected, it is a good business. Thank you for changing my life in this rural remote village of ours!”
Our MySol Grid project pipeline
Our short-term (by 2024) pipeline of MySol Grid projects will scale through pilots to de-risk new country developments, bilateral collaborations, participation in tenders or RBF programs.
Country selection criteria depends on the existence of a sufficiently large market potential for Mini-Grids in the country, a supportive regulatory framework and the openness for private investors and the availability of subsidies.
ENGIE Equatorial: The future of distributed energy access
The Lolwe mini-grid, developed by ENGIE Equatorial, is a fully integrated multi-utility, going beyond electricity towards holistic service delivery. The project addresses the urgent need of the local population that was lacking access to energy, clean water and much more.
Beyond delivering affordable, reliable and renewable electricity, the Lolwe mini-grid features a productive hub that transforms raw material into value adding products, addressing basic needs that are currently insufficiently met on the islands and reinforcing the Project’s business case.
An electric mobility proposition for fishing boats and motorcycles completes the green energy enabled infrastructure integration on the site, for the benefit of users. Finally, ENGIE Equatorial is also providing business incubation and asset financing services to empower the growth of local businesses.
The Lolwe project is a truly scalable model – matching green infrastructure and ICT innovation for delivery of real impact - the beginning of a “mini-grid 2.0” model that delivers more for investors and communities alike and is a significant milestone and benchmark for the energy access space.
Read our Press Release here