Updated Mar 28, 2019

Solar Mini Grid for Off Grid Rural Communities

www.havenhillsynergy.com

Olusegun Odunaiya

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Havenhill Synergy deploys community-level centralized smart solar mini-grids as a sustainable solution to improving energy access and economic development in rural communities.

While the use of solar technology and other components for this project isn't novel, the use of solar power for mini-grid development is relatively new in Nigeria. Therefore, this project uses the existing technology (photovoltaic cells, inverters, converters and others) for the generation and distribution of electricity. We will also deploy smart meters for each connection, an approach that i...
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While the use of solar technology and other components for this project isn't novel, the use of solar power for mini-grid development is relatively new in Nigeria. Therefore, this project uses the existing technology (photovoltaic cells, inverters, converters and others) for the generation and distribution of electricity. We will also deploy smart meters for each connection, an approach that is new in rural communities. This eases the process of revenue collection. In addition to the smart meters, the power systems are equipped with remote monitoring capabilities. This reduces operational expenses by up to 30% which further increases the sustainability of the project. Users purchase electricity either through vendors within the community or mobile payments.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

We already have 2 commercial solar mini-grids in operation that are generating revenue and we are currently planning to scale up to 100 communities within the next 3 years.
Registered in Nigeriain Nigeria

Focus Areas:

Energy and Environment

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Implemented In:

Nigeria

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Country Implemented In
200
Customers
13
Employees
$780,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

About 1 Billion people worldwide are living without access to electricity. According to USAID, over 90 million Nigerians lack access to basic electricity. Majority of these people are in rural communities. The current grid is unable to reliably serve its existing users thereby encouraging the proliferation of generators, which are inefficient and polluting. This has been the order for the past 40 years.

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Solution

Havenhill Synergy deploys community-level centralized smart solar mini-grid systems as a sustainable solution to electricity poverty in rural communities in Nigeria. Due to the intermittent nature of the sun, a battery storage is built along with the solution to ensure electricity availability in the night and during cloudy days. Our solution will cater to the energy needs of productive, commercial and household users 24 hours, a day in a clean, cost-effective and sustainable way.

Target Beneficiaries

Household Users: A typical household in our host community needs between 1W to over 120W of electricity in their homes to power bulbs, televisions, refrigerator, fans, radios and lighting points. Commercial/Productive Users: This solution also caters for the electricity needs of business owners within the host community. Institutions: These are development institutions such as healthcare, religious, educational institutions etc that need electricity.

Mission and Vision

Thousands of rural communities in Nigeria are completely off-grid. This has limited the socio-economic growth of the communities. Asides this, most of the existing solutions often include huge upfront cost which is usually unaffordable by the inhabitants of these rural communities. With the deployment of this innovation, the environmental, educational, economic and health impacts including standard of living will be progressive. Improved energy access in a clean, sustainable way is the goal.

Competitive Advantage

DEEP LOCAL KNOWLEDGE From interactions with local communities to engaging with the Government, we understand the Nigerian clime in-out. SKILLED MANPOWER We have a dedicated team of certified professionals across technical and management roles with over 40 years of combined experience. RELIABILITY & CREDIBILITY We have consistently delivered our promises to our partners and clients. Sequel to this, key stakeholders in the renewable energy space can vouch for us. QUALITY All our installations and mini-grids are built with engineering precision aided by quality components. For us, quality is a process and not and end – Kaizen!

Planned Goals and Milestones

Over the next 3 years, Havenhill Synergy intends to scale this solution to 100 communities. This plan includes the deployment of 100 smart solar mini-grids in 100 rural communities across 3 states in Nigeria while consistently striving to improve this solution.
Funding Goal18,600,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted20
New Implemented CountriesNigeria
Recruit2 Management, 3 Mid Level Executives, 3 Engineering.
New FeatureIntroduce and test the effectiveness of our new remote monitoring capability. This has the ability of the to track all the components in our power system and report the information remotely. Each of the features of the platform such as notifications on milestones, predictive maintenance, routine suggestions and the ability to redirect unutilized allocated capacity to users who need more power.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Our team members play a critical role in the successful execution of our plans. Therefore, our recruitment process is structured to attract the best talents available & affordable per time in the industry. Our team has 40+ years combined experienced that cut across technology, management, finance, human resources and engineering.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Jul 2017
New Country Implemented In
Nigeria