Rural electrification: a major potential

1.2

billion individuals worldwide do not have access to electricity

95%

of them are in Africa and Asia

70%

of the population of Africa does not have access to electricity

By 2050

the African population is expected to have doubled compared to 2017

Winch Energy, Total Eren’s partner dedicated to off-grid energy solutions

  • Company founded in 2008, owned by Winch Partners, Total Eren SA, Al Gihaz Holding, and Itochu Europe PLC
  • Pioneer of rural electrification in Africa
  • Developer, technology supplier, design engineer, finance provider, project owner and operator of mini-grids with storage and associated services

Competitive advantages and added value

  • An exclusive and innovative technology: the Remote Power Unit (RPU) is a containerised solution using a modular, robust and reliable technology that can be deployed in a few days. It ensures reliable electricity 24/7 and offers a competitive supply compared to other options available in rural areas. The RPU can easily be redeployed to another location when grid power becomes available.
  • An asset for economic and social development in rural areas: the RPU provides access to electricity and affordable, high-speed and high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity to the agricultural sector, public infrastructure, local retailers and households. It supports local employment and promotes education and access to healthcare in rural areas.
  • A flexible and sustainable business model based on Build-Transfer-Operate (BTO) or Public-Private Partnership (PPP) contracts. The RPU is a concrete means of ensuring social and environmental compensation for communities affected by mining companies or hydroelectric dam projects.