Leveraging mobile towers as anchor tenants to accelerate rural electrification in Uganda

Airtel, GIZ and Kirchner Solar Group expand successful pilot

Read this article to learn:

  • The challenge of rural electrification in SSA
  • The ABC-strategy; Anchor customer, Business and Community power supply
  • The opex model: PPA with the anchor tenant, tariff for villagers cuts the cost of phone charging by 90%
  • Results of the Kabunyata pilot: zero DG runtime, 99.96% uptime, 40% opex reduction
  • Plans to scale to 100 more villages in Uganda and to other countries in SSA and beyond

In the small village of Kabunyata, in the middle of rural Uganda, 100 households and 20 small businesses have electricity for the first time. The kids have light so they can study in the evening. Fresh water is being pumped in from the local reservoir. It’s a good place to be. This project is the…

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