Our mini-grids

ENGIE PowerCorner empowers its customers with reliable, affordable and clean energy

How it works

Additional services

Additional services linked to electricity can be provided in the villages, such as electrical mobility or drinkable water treatment.

Efficient appliances on lease-to-own

Energy-efficient appliances and machines are distributed to the customers and financing is provided though lease-to-own mechanism: from low-energy light bulbs and TV to mills, welding machines and water pumps!

Distribution network and connected smart meters

Electricity is distributed in the village with AC voltage, mono or triphasic. All customers are connected to the grid through smart meters, and receive the same service as their relatives based in the capital cities.

Micro-utility platform

The micro-utility platform (MUP) allows for mobile money payment, remote monitoring of activity and digital backbones.

Generation and storage unit

Solar PV panels, power electronics and batteries are installed in a containerized unit, which generates electricity 24/7. The generation unit is sized to satisfy 99.9% of the demand.

Mobile money

Smart meters allow customers to prepay their electricity bills, and to top up their account whenever they want with the amount they choose.

Wifi services

Internet is provided in the village, allowing customers to check in-real-time agri-environmental data.

Welcome to Ketumbeine!

Discover how PowerCorner is implemented in the village of Ketumbeine in Tanzania with the interactive video below.

Mini-grids to serve the entire community with electricity and energy services

Energy is not just any commodity. It is a stepping stone to human and economic progress. Without energy, access to health, education, food security, economic development, mobility or even employment and women’s empowerment are significantly curtailed.

ENGIE PowerCorner renewable solar mini-grids provide decentralized energy to households, public services – such as rural health centres and schools – and local businesses. ENGIE PowerCorner fosters economic development by enabling electrical productive use (such as water pumping for agriculture use or carpentry and welding machines) and by triggering business opportunities for entrepreneurs in the village.

To benefit from PowerCorner services, customers can easily use digital solutions like mobile money and pay-as-you-go technologies.

Located in the heart of the village, the PowerCorner station:

  • Gives access to electricity: PowerCorner mini-grids operate through solar PV generation and storage units. Electricity is distributed 24-hours a day thanks to smart meters.
  • Promotes productive activities by selling electrically efficient appliances: home and professional machines – like fridges, welders, compressors, milling machines, etc. – are accessible on cash or lease-to-own.
  • Provides energy services: infrastructures and services (access to Internet, electric mobility, etc.) are offered. Services are regulated by digital devices (mobile money, pay-as-you-go, remote monitoring, data analysis).
  • Delivers safety trainings and capacity building: local operators are available to help and educate customers on electricity use and dangers, on appliances use and entrepreneurship (marketing, business analysis…).

By guaranteeing energy autonomy to entire villages (368 homes in Chitandika, Zambia, 161 in Ketumbeine, Tanzania), ENGIE PowerCorner is transforming villagers’ lives. Schools and health centres are given electricity and productive users (workshops, hairdressers and restaurants) are efficiently equipped with electric tools. To perfectly meet its customer’s needs, ENGIE PowerCorner conducts regular surveys. Any issue raised becomes a “to-do” for the team and positive feedback is the best reward.

10 jobs
created per village in the first year of operation
1,500
smart meters installed in 2019, more than 6, 000 by end of 2020
4 USD
saved per household per month in energy cost