Who, What & Where

  • Smart Hydro Power

  • Hybrid systems with solar and micro hydrokinetic turbines

  • Chirundu and Luangwa, Zambia

  • Completed in 2016

The Company

Superrich Energies, a Zambian project developer is employing hybrid PV-hydrokinetic systems from Smart Hydro Power Germany electrifying approximately 100 rural households within the Power Africa Off-Grid Challenge. Households will be partly integrated into a micro-grid and partly – due to distance between the houses – supplied by portable batteries charged centrally in a community house.

This project results from a partnership between the German and the Zambian company.

Smart Hydro Power is a German-based company focused on developing and implementing affordable renewable energy projects that enhance productivity and improve people’s living standards.

SuperRich Energies Limited is a Zambian company that has successfully completed photovoltaic street lighting projects in Zambezi and Kabompo districts.

The Challenge

In one of the poorest districts in Zambia, Chirundu and Luangwa, rural communities have very limited access to energy. Their primary school, health and police posts, including 23 unelectrified lodges are powered by diesel generators. The objective is to not only bring basic electrification to one community but empower a central place so this could develop productive use applications like a casaba mill to increase the standard of living

Renewable Solution

Lighting brings security, promotes apprenticeship and gettogether. However, this project aims at long-term economic sustainability, so some productive use is part of it. While the technical solution installed could power an Internet point with “Internet Café” or an irrigation pump in the specific project, a casaba mill will enable the villagers to commercialise casaba more efficiently.

Project Financing and Costs

This project is financed via a US African Development Foundation (USADF) grant. A basic tariff will cover operational costs making the project long-term sustainable.

Project Outcome

The installation of off-grid hybrid power plants, consisting of solar panels and hydrokinetic turbines, will provide electricity to several households, with generation costs (LCOE) below 0.40 USD/kWh. As this type of turbine uses only the kinetic energy stored in the river, no dam is needed.