Redavia completes solar minigrids in Tanzania

The systems include two 89 kWp solar containers, complemented by integrated lithium-ion energy storage devices. One system offers 165 kWh of storage, while the other provides 138 kWh of capacity. The projects include distribution, metering and mobile payment infrastructure, with 10 km of distribution lines each, according to an online statement.

Erwin Spolders, CEO of Redavia, said that the French company was eager to participate in the development of Tanzania’s rural electrification plans. “Our financially viable business model enables the provision of cost-effective, reliable energy for local communities and businesses in the long run,” stated Spolders.

InfraCo Africa provided financing for the two installations in the small villages of Isenzanya and Shitunguru. Alex Katon, executive director of InfraCo Africa, said that the London-based investment firm’s financial support for Redavia’s containerized solar solutions underscored its commitment to investing in innovative power businesses. InfraCo Africa is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), which facilitates private-sector investment in infrastructure projects in developing countries.   

Neither village previously had access to power, which is a common problem in Tanzania, leading to the use of kerosene and diesel for lighting purposes. Local development of public services, residential power applications and service businesses such as shops and restaurants has suffered due to the lack of electricity.

“Electricity gives women like me opportunities to make a contribution to the development of our communities,” said Potfar Hira Mwamlima, a resident of Shitunguru.