Who we are
ENGIE PowerCorner started in 2015 as an incubation project within the ENGIE Group. In March 2016, PowerCorner commissioned its first 16 kWp mini-grid unit in Ketumbeine, a remote village in Northern Tanzania, powering 120 houses and businesses. Ketumbeine’s case demonstrated that decentralised, clean and reliable energy is a viable option in remote rural areas. Since then, ENGIE PowerCorner is developing its activities in Sub-Sahara Africa with the ambition to give access to energy to millions of people in Africa.
Our purpose is to unlock the economic potential of rural communities in Sub-Sahara Africa by enabling and promoting the development of economic activity in these communities.
Our mission is to provide affordable, clean and reliable energy services through renewable off-grid mini-grids to catalyse the economic development of rural communities.
(Source: The World Bank, June 2019)
Rural electrification in Africa through smart renewable mini-grids to power economic development
Today, more than 600 million people or 60% of the population living in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. The challenge of giving access to electricity is all the more crucial as the African population is expected to double by 2050. Growing population, combined with the rise of a middle class with a more energy-intensive lifestyle, will also contribute to intensifying an already difficult demand for electricity.
While extension of the traditional centralized networks encounters technical and financial limits in rural areas, off-grid electrification at the scale of villages is economically preferable, easy to install, much more efficient and less polluting than diesel engines.
What we do
ENGIE PowerCorner 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.
ENGIE PowerCorner combines 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, ENGIE PowerCorner unlocks the economic potential of the communities and enables a quick enhancement of the living conditions.
Productive usages: an electricity usage for increasing revenues
- Air compression
- Health center
Agriculture and Food
- Milling (flour)
- Water pumping (irrigation)
- Cooking, processing food
What makes us unique
Access to electricity is at the heart of the fight to eradicate poverty and promote socio-economic development. ENGIE is present on all segments of rural electrification and is already a leader in off-grid electrification in Africa, offering clean, safe and reliable decentralized energy. More than 2 million customers are already equipped with local mini-grids and solar home installations.
Our mini-grids are installed in villages where it is possible to offer the best value to customers. The solar off-grid system is customised and adapted to each country context and to its needs. This is possible because ENGIE PowerCorner is present across the whole mini-grid value chain:
- Site selection,
- Financing installation,
- Sales to customers,
- Operation and Maintenance,
- On the field customer service.
Reaching 2,000 mini-grids and 2.5 million beneficiaries in 2025 and 4,000 mini-grids and 5 million beneficiaries in 2030.