So now that Ugesi Energy is official, you may have some burning questions that were not detailed in the announcements of the initiative. Here are some of the answers to the questions you may have.
A: Ugesi is a Pan African company within the Econet Energy Group, along with DPA Solar that focuses on Commercial & Industrial customers. Ugesi Solar focuses on powering communities, both for business and residential use.
A: Ugesi envisages rural communities embarking on sustainable socio-economic transformation through access to clean, affordable and reliable electricity.
A: In addition to providing electricity, Ugesi’s vision is to also provide support to economic activities in targeted communities through initiatives such as chicken and tomato out-grower schemes withstanding local and foreign off-taker agreements, which initiatives guarantee ready markets.
The out grower and entrepreneurial initiatives increase both the livelihood and disposable income of the community.
Ugesi power will be accessed through prepaid metres, with the purchase of prepaid electricity tokens made available using digital payment platforms such as Ecocash. The tokens are also available in our local walk-in retail shops.
A: The average household will pay a minimum monthly bundle of $6 depending on usage.
A: No deposit or upfront payment towards connection is required for any consumer to be connected to any of the Ugesi power solution.
A: This initiative is supportive of the government initiatives to:
A: On the contrary, the Ugesi initiative is complementing both ZETDC and REA efforts and will go a long way reducing pressure on public finance especially in areas additional electricity infrastructure investments.
A: Mini grids are small-scale electricity generation systems (10 kW to 10MW) which serve a limited number of consumers via a distribution grid that can operate in isolation from national electricity transmission networks.
A: Consumers will be able to power electrical equipment for both business production and residential use
A: This year alone, we have a target of 100 communities distributed across the 10 provinces of the country.
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