April 1, 2021: More than 100,000 households in Cameroon could be connected to microgrids based on solar plus battery storage in the first feasibility study of its kind in the country, the US Trade and Development Agency said on March 25.
California-based lithium battery designer and manufacturer SimpliPhi Power will provide the batteries to Renewable Energy Innovators Cameroon (REIc) for 134 minigrids in collaboration with the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), which is owned by the US Department of Energy.
REIc managing director Jude Numfor said the ultimate goal was to provide access to electricity for 760 remote villages in Cameroon over the next few years.
Around 30% of Cameroon’s population lives below the poverty line, according to the Borgen Project, a poverty reduction NGO. The World Bank says that 37.3% of Cameroon’s population did not have access to electricity in 2018, although things have improved since 1990, when the proportion was double that.
The SimpliPhi project is one of several minigrid initiatives around the world that USTDA is involved with as part of its ‘Made in America’ solutions to address the lack of energy access in emerging countries.