ENGIE Energy Access empowers 6.5 Million Africans with Clean Energy
ENGIE Energy Access (EEA) is delighted to announce that within 1 year of integrating its decentralized energy businesses, it has considerably expanded its customer base and is now delivering safe and reliable solar energy to 6.5 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa.
EEA has acquired approximately 200,000 new customers across its 9 markets of operation in Africa throughout 2021, despite the challenges that COVID-19 created – bringing its customer base to more than 1.3 million. Key 2021 milestones achieved to date include a growth in customers in Uganda to 600,000, Zambia to 250,000, Benin to 150,000, and Mozambique to 50,000.
In April 2021, EEA began gradually rolling out its new solar home system (SHS) customer brand, MySol, replacing the Fenix Power and Mobisol brands. With MySol, EEA offers the widest range of PAYGo SHS throughout Africa and caters to all kinds of customers, from off-grid families lighting up with clean energy for the first time, to entrepreneurs running businesses of all sizes.
EEA has equipped 13 villages with its ENGIE PowerCorner mini-grids to date, comprising 3,000 households and 200 businesses. In the past year, it has successfully strengthened the mini-grid pipeline, securing over 180 additional projects – including 60 mini-grids approved in Zambia and 11 more in Benin. EEA is focused on continuing to build out the pipeline with 3 mini-grids under construction in Benin, Nigeria and Uganda, and more pilots on the way.
“I am pleased with the excellent results we have achieved within the first year of integrating our decentralized energy solutions companies. We have strengthened synergies between our solar home system and mini-grid businesses by decreasing costs, gaining in operational efficiencies and relying on strong digital tools, such as our PAYGo platform,” said Gillian-Alexandre Huart, CEO of ENGIE Energy Access.