PowerCorner is an ENGIE initiative to provide electricity access in rural Africa with the help of off-grid distributed energy solutions: sustainable mini-grids. The initiative is embedded in one of the axes of commitment by ENGIE: becoming a leading company in energy services in rural areas, enabling the economic and social development of local populations, while using renewable energies.
What is PowerCorner?
PowerCorner consists of a containerised solar power generator, a battery bank and a mini-grid for electricity distribution. The goal of the PowerCorner solution is to provide quality electricity at competitive prices (comparable to current energy expenditures) but using environmentally-sound solar technologies instead of current sources of energy such as kerosene lamps, car batteries and petrol-powered generators.
An innovative business model guarantees that the system is sustainable and that the community participates in the project. The customer pays a connection fee and then uses electricity monitored by a prepayment meter. Payments are made using mobile devices - mobile money systems. And an operator is hired from the village to manage the "PowerCorner."
Also, energy-efficient devices like TVs and refrigerators are sold alongside the system with favourable credit options. The goal of this is to help sustainably grow the local ecosystem and economy on the basis of the PowerCorner microgrid. Over time, this will help ensure its economic viability and provide a model for sustainable growth.
Type of organisation
Rural electrification expertise
Off-grid system used