COP26: Husk to deploy 5,000 clean mini-grids in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030

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At the COP26 conference in Glasgow, solar mini-grid provider Husk Power Systems announced seven ambitious goals to advance rural electrification in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.

Build 5,000 renewable energy mini-grids to power rural communities and micro-small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). That’s one of seven goals mini-grid provider Husk Power will achieve in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. “As rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia moves to the forefront of international development and climate equity, it is critical that the private sector seize the opportunity with a strong portfolio of bankable, shovel-ready projects and the capacity to execute at scale,” said Manoj Sinha, Husk Power’s CEO and co-founder at the COP 26 event in Glasgow, Scotland.

Husk Power also plans to accelerate the supply of electricity with a focus on productive use applications, including agricultural activities such as irrigation, agribusiness and cold chain. But also, the construction of at least 500 MW of rural commercial and industrial (C&I) facilities through Husk Power’s turnkey rooftop installation business.

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In addition, Husk also called on governments, financial partners and other stakeholders to become more engaged in boosting the full potential of mini-grids and other clean energy services in rural areas. To achieve this, the mini-grid provider also promises to sell at least 5 million energy efficient devices for both domestic and productive uses, including agricultural activities, while also providing financing to increase the accessibility of these devices.

As a reminder, Husk Power Systems was established in 2008 and has a portfolio of 130 operational green mini-grids in India, Nigeria and Tanzania. Its solutions accelerate access to clean electricity in Africa and Asia and catalyze socio-economic development.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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