Abuja, Nigeria - At the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Michel Deelen - Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria - oversaw the announcement of an official partnership between the Dutch Rural Spark and Nigerian SmartPower.
Rural Spark and SmartPower set out to electrify thousands of unelectrified households in the country. With the rapidly growing population in Nigeria, the country is expected to surpass countries like the United States, Indonesia and Brazil in the next 30 years if it comes to population. Majority of this population growth is expected to happen among those household with poor access to electricity.
The target markets are scattered across the country. There are estimated 90 million people living without electricity in Nigeria. There is another group of 100 million people that are under-served with power, having 2-4 hours of electricity every 48 hours! Therefore, we hope to serve both the unserved and underserved population in Nigeria. These figures are expected to increase over the year as the per capita income increases and the economic indices also get better. We will listen to the market and have a continuous R&D to keep meeting the needs of our highly esteemed customers.
SmartPower Nigeria is a part of First Independent Global, active in several sectors in Nigeria. Located in the serene, ultramodern facility in Lagos, FIG SmartPower Limited is eradicating darkness and lighting up Nigeria through providing access to the solution by Rural Spark. With an excellent local network, service and quality are ensured, to guarantee a reliable solution to provide sustainable access to energy. The company seeks to ultimately provide energy for the teeming population of the largest African country that has been living in abject darkness for several decades without any trace, sight and assurance of constant electricity.
“We are excited and prepared for such an impressive technology that will surely meet the power needs in this market. The sector is prepared and we have positioned ourselves to be one of the biggest players, bringing power to at least a million households and businesses in the next five years.” - Tolu-tope Dade, CEO of Smartpower Nigeria
Rural Spark is a social enterprise founded in the Netherlands and with regional offices in Africa and Asia. They focus on smartly distributed plug & play energy networks. Their solution is innovative yet simple: at the heart of our solution is the Rural Spark Router that smartly manages your energy needs. It allows to power devices, and automatically stores surplus energy in the Rural Spark Smart Cubes. Use them as a power station, or let the router use this stored energy automatically as soon as the sun sets. The capacity is easily increased over time, by simply adding additional solar panels or Smart Cubes.”An off grid solution for which there is a definite need in Nigeria”, according to Deputy Embassador Michel Deelen.
Rural Spark and SmartPower have integrated a PayGo technology, powered by the Rural Spark Service Platform. This allows for consumer finance products and for smoothening operations. Positioned between a solar home system and a microgrid, the decentralized solution generates the capacity of an average microgrid at lower costs, with a strong sense of ownership.
The partnership was signed at the Dutch Embassy to Nigeria on Thursday December 13th. The two companies set out to electrify 1 million homes and small businesses by the year 2024. Rural Spark designs its product with the ability to exchange energy between users, smartly distributing generated energy. With Rural Spark, access to electricity is just the start. Let’s grow the energy networks of tomorrow.