Funded by $818K (USD) Grant from US Trade and Development Agency, Project will use PV-Battery-Diesel Hybrid Grid to Power Approximately 400 Households in a Rural Island Village of Lake Victoria in Tanzania.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania –MRIGlobal of Kansas City, Missouri, USA has been selected by Rex Investment Limited of Tanzania to perform a feasibility study and a pilot project to provide electricity to a remote island village in Lake Victoria that has no access to electricity. The project will be partially funded by an $818,000 (USD) grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
The estimated 60-80 kWp PV-battery-diesel hybrid minigrid will provide power for up to 400 residential households (~2,400 residents) in the Ukerewe District in northwestern Tanzania.
MRIGlobal will be supported in various phases of the project by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), SunEdison, Enphase Energy, HOMER LLC, and Rulex Media, a local subcontractor in Tanzania.
The feasibility study and related pilot project will investigate and demonstrate the use of off-grid, hybrid PV-battery storage-diesel based minigrids in remote locations that are not currently connected to the national electric power transmission and distribution system.
The 18-month project is expected to provide the foundation to support the development of similar projects elsewhere in Tanzania and East Africa.
"We are excited to join Rex Energy on this opportunity to provide electrical access to rural populations in Africa," said Thomas M. Sack, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of MRIGlobal. "MRIGlobal has installed and operated minigrids around the world for more than 10 years. This new program fills a critical need for rural electrification in Tanzania and will ultimately improve lives and help grow the local economy."
"With this grant and technical support from MRIGlobal, Rex Energy, the leading local private sector player in Solar Energy provision, once again assumes the leadership to complement Government efforts to transform rural Tanzania through solar powered rural electrification," said Francis Kibhisa, Managing Director of Rex Energy.
USTDA is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress with a mission to help companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. For more information, visit http://www.ustda.gov
About Rex Energy
Rex Energy is Tanzania's leading solar energy contractor providing alternative power solutions in Tanzania through its Rex Energy division. It provides unique specialized services tailored to meet the requirements in the country and the region in terms of solar energy and back-up systems. It is a solely indigenous local company founded in Dar es Salaam in 2000 by qualified engineers with 15 years of experience in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and electrical installation works. Rex Investment Limited is a solar specialist contractor rated class one and is registered by Contractors Registration Board of Tanzania (CRB). For more information, visit http://www.rexsolarenergy.com/