AfDB approves US$20 million financing for clean energy mini-grids in the Congo

The African Development Bank Board has approved US$20 million in loans to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to support renewable energy mini-grids of 3-10MW capacity at three cities that are currently off-grid. The national grid covers just 10% of the African country, so the DR Congo Green Mini-Grid Program, serving the cities of Isiro, Bumba and Genema, will act as a key pilot ahead of private-led electrification using mini-grid technology across the country. This includes in cities with several hundred thousand residents without modern power. Many Congolese use kerosene or diesel for lighting, cookers and electricity generators, with less than 1% of rural and 35% of urban areas having access to electricity from the national grid. Under the new programme, however, the new mini-grids are expected to directly power 21,200 households and 2,100 SMEs and public buildings, benefitting at least 150,000 people.

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