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Energy access - developing countries

Kimparana's solar plant runned by Yeelenkura Rural Electricity Service Company. © Guy Marboeuf

EDF as a player-operator

Which model? What will it achieve? How? Where?
Rural electrification for disadvantaged populations through Decentralised Services Companies (DSCs) responsible for the construction, maintenance and renewal of facilities Operation/management of rural electricity concessions, each with more than 10,000 customers, offering energy services according to the local context (lighting, TV connection, gas, productive use, etc.) Creation of a Decentralised Services Company (DSC) managed by EDF with its local partners South Africa, Morocco, Mali, Senegal
Development of a DSC model based on a network of franchises Support/advice given to a public operator in the form of investment, expertise and training assistance for the decentralised provision of electricity in the country Creation of a joint venture with the national electricity provider, based on a network of franchises responsible for marketing and maintaining the equipment (individual photovoltaic kits, portable LED lamps, improved wood-burning cookers, village micro-networks, etc.) Botswana

EDF supporting other players

Action? What will it achieve? How? Where?
Rural electrification for the most disadvantaged Teach how to build and manage small-scale structures / projects appropriate to local resources and needs Through partnerships with NGOs and associations or organizations committed to development South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Work in cooperation with institutes or foundations covering other sectors/activities (health, housing, microcredit, training, etc.) Supplement EDF's energy access projects by promoting the development of local economic activities Through partnerships with NGOs and associations or organisations committed to development Sub-Saharan Africa

Two courses of action supporting previous initiatives

Action? What will it achieve? How? Where?
Structuring of preliminary and higher education channels for rural electrification Ensuring the effectiveness and development of rural electrification programmes, threatened or delayed by a shortage of skills locally Working with local entities (national electricity companies, national rural electrification agencies, engineering schools, technical colleges, training centres) and the relevant ministries (Secondary and Higher Education, Vocational Training) Burkina Faso and Mali, then Western Africa
Introduce pilot projects on future technologies or innovative organisational methods Improve the rural electrification project economy (simplified networks, customer management methods, hybrid plants, etc.) With support from EDF R&D
Sub-Saharan Africa

A model : The RESCO

In the late 1990s, EDF and ADEME created a model to guarantee both the viability of rural electrification projects over the long term and their large-scale reproducibility: the Rural Electricity Service Company.
Find out more about the RESCO

Taking a closer look