Husk Power Seeks Partners to Maximize Minigrid Deployment

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Rural clean energy services company Husk Power Systems has launched a new initiative aimed at accelerating partnerships between the firm and governments across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate electrification leveraging minigrids.

Husk Power wants to partner with national and sub-national governments from least developed countries (LDCs) to build 200 minigrids as part of the public-private partnerships initiative launched.

The energy firm will fund, own and operate the projects and is seeking governments that are willing to provide the company with a 20-to-25-year concession to own projects and provide consumers with cost-reflective tariffs.

“As LDC governments in Sub-Saharan Africa look to roll out integrated energy systems that will be both fiscally sound and climate resilient, Husk is ready for action. We have the scale and a proven business model, and it is now time for SDG7-focused public-private partnerships to move from pilot phase to full-fledged market interventions that can achieve radical scale,” Manoj Sinha, Husk Power’s Co-Founder and CEO, said.

The launch of the mechanism comes at a time a lack of adequate electricity is stalling progress across some 33 LDCS in Africa where on average only 36% of the population have access to electricity.

Minigrids have the potential to accelerate consumer access to energy while alleviating poverty, improving health and education and creating jobs and income opportunities, according to a press statement released by Husk Power.

The company has deployed 200 minigrids which are in operation in India, Tanzania and Nigeria and has a target increase the portfolio to 400 in the next 12 months.

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Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas is an energy sector journalist with a passion on how technology and diversification of the energy mix can be used to address energy sector challenges. Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication studies and has been covering energy-related topics including the Internet of Things, distributed energy and digitalisation since 2015.

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