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USTDA grants mini grid projects in Madagascar

mini gridThis project further aims to support Power Africa by expanding energy access across sub-Saharan Africa. (Image source: Caribb/Flickr)The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Malagasy energy company Henri Fraise Fils & Cie for the development and implementation of mini grids in Madagascar

In addition, the grants also aims to support the technical and economic study of solar photovoltaic (PV) powered mini grids with integrated battery storage technology at up to 100 sites, as well as a pilot to demonstrate the mini grid solution.

With just 15 per cent of the population in Madagascar having electricity access, the mini grids focuses on ensuring reliable energy sources for the citizens.

Henri Fraise selected the US-based battery storage manufacturer, Fluidic to carry out the feasibility study and pilot project. Caterpillar and First Solar will also play a role in the project.

“USTDA is pleased to facilitate new business partnerships between the US and Malagasy companies that can spur long-term, sustainable economic growth,” said Lida Fitts, regional director for Sub-Saharan Africa. “This project supports the adoption of innovative US technologies that can expand electrification in Madagascar,” Fitts added.

“The funds will help develop our business model and broader deployment of minigrid solutions across Madagascar,” commented Nicolas Verbert, vice-president of Henri Fraise.

This implementation of this project is expected to result in the installation of a combined 10MW peak of solar power generation and 88MW hours of battery storage capacity, which would electrify an estimated 27,600 households and businesses in Madagascar, said the company.

“We are excited to work with Henri Fraise to develop mini grid projects that will increase renewable-based electrification and economic development in rural areas of Madagascar,” said Richard Hallas, regional vice-president of Fluidic.