Rensource Energy, a Lagos-based distributed energy services company has announced an investment of an undisclosed amount in its first microutility project Sabon Gari Energy by Paris-based NEoT Offgrid Africa.
NEoT Offgrid Africa, which is managed by NEoT Capital, is a platform investing in distributed renewable energy projects in Africa and is backed by infrastructure development giant, Meridiam, and France’s electric utility, Electricite de France (EDF) Group.
NEoT takes control of the board of Sabon Gari Energy Solutions, joining existing investors Rensource, Solad Power Holdings, Sissli, and System Trade Services.
The investment will be used to complete the purchase and installation of solar panels, power electronics, batteries and smart meters for the microutility, expanding energy provision to all merchants in the Sabon Gari market.
“The Sabon Gari energy project is a perfect example of what we are looking to accomplish in Africa: deploying distributed solar energy solutions at scale to provide clean, reliable and competitive energy to customers. We are excited about this partnership with Rensource and look forward to replicating it in other markets,” said Pierre Devillard, CEO of NEoT Capital.
Launched in February 2018, Sabon Gari Energy is providing power to micro and small-and-medium enterprises at Sabon Gari Market in Kano, one of the biggest commercial centers in Nigeria’s second largest city.
Sabon Gari Energy, sponsored by Solad Power Holdings, is one of the first microutilities launched under the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI). The EEI aims to increase energy access and economic growth by assisting private sector developers provide clean, reliable and affordable power to economic clusters across Nigeria.
“We are delighted to welcome NEoT into the Sabon Gari project and look forward to working with their first class team. With their expertise and commitment to helping deliver clean energy solutions, it further reinforces our vision that Africa’s energy problem can be solved through cutting edge technology and creative thinking,” said Denis O’Brien, CEO of Solad.
Founded in 2015, Rensource, the developer and manager of Sabon Gari Energy, is rapidly transforming the status quo of energy provision in Nigeria. Rensource works with project sponsors to develop, finance, and manage decentralized energy projects that address the energy deficit in Africa’s most populous nation, providing reliable energy to consumer, small-business and industrial clients.
“NEoT’s investment is a critical validation of Rensource’s thesis that a decentralized model is the most sustainable and cost-effective approach to solving Africa’s energy deficit. Not only does such a strategy tailor energy provision to end-users, it also reduces the strain on existing power infrastructure,” says Ademola Adesina, founder and CEO of Rensource.
This latest round of investment cements Rensource as the country’s market leader in decentralized energy provision and will serve as a springboard for rolling out more distributed energy projects to close Nigeria’s energy gap.