Who, What & Where

  • AUSAR ENERGY
  • Solar plants with storage capabilities for mini-grid
  • Central and West Africa

The Company

AUSAR ENERGY is a young company headquartered in Lyon (France) with the aim of helping out the communities to access electricity at a very cost effective price.

We are developing a brand new scalable and hybrid mini grid solar system ranging from 50 kW to 2.5 MW. Our technology, integrating storage capacities, is tailored to the local needs of our targeted African markets. We feed remote areas but also support existing power grids. As a turnkey service provider, our value chain covers the technical planning studies, the installation project management, the financial engineering, the maintenance cycles, etc.

AUSAR ENERGY counts as strategic partners well respected groups such as ENGIE (World leading independent electricity producer) and ADETEL (EU leader in electronics and energy conversion in constrained environments of transportation).

Project Description

AUSAR ENERGY is running several projects with real estate developers offering residential housing on remote areas, ranging 150 to 1,000 homes in various countries in Central and West Africa.

Without electricity in these areas 15-20 km from city centers and far from the grid, theses projects could not emerge.

This new model is a great opportunity for real estate compagnies, and an innovative solution to decrease the housing shortage in African cities. It will also contribute to push prices down, as more and more people could get affordable modern houses a few miles from city centers.  

The Challenge

Up to recently, the only way to get energy for private and public operators, small-scale local industry entrepreneurs, hotels and hospitals managers as well as communities located in remote areas was to utilize diesel generators.

The new generation of hybrid mini-grid solar system designed by AUSAR ENERGY is bringing flexibility and scalability in order to decentralise energy production close to consumption areas, and offer the possibility for grid operators to provide energy without investing on the extension of power transmission networks.

Renewable Solution

So far, the lack of efficient technical solution combining solar production and storage capacities for collective usages has limited the emergence operators to run local mini-grid network. 

Solar individual solution provides local customers with electricity for their private usages, but cannot deliver enough energy for collective needs.

AUSAR ENERGY solutions ranging from 50 kW to 2.5 MW offer more than just lighting, by providing a reliable and premium-quality electricity 24 h/day whatever the weather.

AUSAR ENERGY solutions are designed for collective usages of electricity: homes, social services (schools, health centers, administrative building), water (extraction, cleaning and distribution system), business units (small plants, shops, bakeries, etc.)

Project Financing and Costs

Financing is a key factor for the increase of solar equipment in Africa because of a lack of skills on project finance. There is enough money within the local financial industry to impulse project off-grid solar project financing provided there is a proven solvent demand, and this solvent demand is already there as local people are paying for electricity consumption.

AUSAR ENERGY is also a financial advisor to local stakeholders and industry to enable them to invest on solar power plants with storage.

Some financing arrangements with its financial partners have already secured.

Policy & Regulatory Framework

Project developments are encouraged by local authorities. Public private partnership (PPP) between real estate developers and local authorities are signed, the local authority bringing the land and the developer the other parts pof the project. Moreover, the electricity regulatory boards are also in favor of this new model and the encourage the emergence of local operators to exploit the mini-grid.

Project Outcome

Project contributions are numerous:

  • direct and indirect jobs creation;
  • improving local living standards;
  • health development through access to water and education;
  • settlement and fight against the rural exodus and
  • access to finance.
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