Network generation: KEDCO partners 30 embedded/mini-grid developer

Kano Electricity Distribution Company’s network in Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa states has high population growth rates and needs incremental supply to meet the growing energy needs of the citizens in the franchise area.

To accelerate outcomes for its customers, KEDCO is partnering with a number of leading energy supply companies to develop Embedded Power Generation and Interconnected and Isolated mini-grids with a primary focus on renewable energy.

A statement issued by head, corporate communications, Sani Bala Sani, Wednesday, said KEDCO is actively partnering with the state governments of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa to ease the development of incremental supply projects in the network.

In February 2024, KEDCO launched an RFQ process to qualify competent and experienced Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to partner in developing up to 40MW in supply projects within the franchise area.

These ESCOs will partner with KEDCO in the conceptualisation, design, and development of projects focusing on solar energy, battery storage and gas-based generation.

After the evaluation, a total of 31 companies have been approved by KEDCO as ESCOs and they were grouped under Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories depending on the capacities of the plant / project to be developed.

Under the Tier 1 category, the ESCOs are expected to develop sites with generating capacity of 1MW or above and a total of 15 ESCOs were qualified.

ESCOs qualified under this category are Axxela Limited, Elektron Energy, Daystar Power Limited, Westa Solar, Bagaja Renewables (Bagaja-WeiSky SPV), Paras Energy, 1634 Energy, Proserve Energy, Off-Grid Electric, Spul-Sub 3 Limited, Strom Infrastructure Limited, Husk Power Limited, Havenhill Synergy Limited, Grid Crux and Hamilton Energy.

The remaining 16 Companies were also qualified for a Tier 2 category to develop projects with a capacity of 1MW or less. ESCOs qualified under this category are: Stata Energy, Prado Power, Arnergy Solar, Sabrud Consortium, Bajis, TetraCore, Vertmance, Energiv Energy, Rensource Distributed, Power China Huodong, Royal Power, Power Generation, Neigh Energy, Junaid Synergy, Pam Africa, and Trust Synergy.

KEDCO’s new core investor and board are working with the state governments to accelerate outcomes for citizens within the franchise states striving to be the leading renewable energy Electricity Distribution Company in Africa through innovative partnerships and strategic focus.