Rural electrification at a scale that makes it economically viable
Kaboni is working with the Energy Minsitry of the Government of Burundi to implement a major rural electrification programme in the Eastern Provinces. We are in the procurement stage for our pilot in Rutana province and pending Covid-19 travel restrictions for the UK and Burundi being lifted at the same time expect to implement later this year. We will use the pilot to establish tariff metrics and estimate system sizes across the 63 sites we are planning to incorporate into the extended smart, mini-grid network we will build. This will incorporating innovative network, system and storage and generation technology being planned for use in Europe. We are working with experts and suppliers to provide state-of-the-art, low cost, 24/7/365, automated demand and supply managed, renewable electricity via smart networks. To allow us to scale this rapidly and deliver efficiently we are discussing a PPP with the government which will also ensure that what we build is aligned to the national electrification plan.
Our combined experience gives us strong development links in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Somalia and Kenya. The Kaboni team have developed projects in Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi and Cameroon and are now developing in Burundi, so our natural next move would be to these countries.
Electrification rates in Burundi are amongst the lowest in the World at around 11%, with 49% of the urban and only 1% of the rural population connected to electricity. Working with the communities and government, we use our own well tested and constantly improving implementation solutions that mean electricity access will be less than a substation cost, affordable and reliable. We work with communities and local financial institutions to catalyse development opportunities.