Off-Grid Energy Projects
The initial focus of our “off-grid” strategy is to bring power to isolated, rural communities in the Kilosa District, using a hybrid (solar photovoltaic “PV”) energy generation model. Kilosa is in an agriculturally rich area, where biomass feedstock in the form of agricultural waste, is readily available throughout the District. This makes waste-to-energy power generation very feasible. A ‘Solar Insolation Study’ undertaken by the Company indicates the Kilosa District has solar intensity similar to Miami, Florida. Consequently, our hybrid biomass/solar PV strategy for village scale projects in the District is both viable and sustainable.
The first group of villages electrified was the ‘Zombo Cluster’ (Zombo, Nyali, and Igunga). First power was turned on in the Zombo in December 2016. The Zombo cluster serves as our pilot project; which will enable us to develop, refine, and improve our delivery capability as we expand our operations in the Kilosa District.
Installed capacity at the Zombo facility is 50 kilovolts of power. At full capacity the Zombo Cluster (3 sites) is expected to require 150 – 250 kilovolts of capacity and electrify 1,000 to 1,500 residential and small business customers.
Along with our partners, the Kilosa District Council, we are currently engaged in a planning exercise to develop a launch schedule for the next 15 mini-grid locations in the Kilosa District.
Zombo – Hybrid Mini-Grid Biomass/Solar PV Project
Malolo – Mini-Grid Biomass Test Site
|At Malolo we successfully installed and tested a biomass system. The Company is using lessons learned to refine a robust biomass village scale platform . We are currently evaluating several biomass solutions.|