Nigeria: Sosai Sustainable Minigrids for Energy Access and Social Inclusion Project

Sosai Renewable Energies Company Limited invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the “Proposal”) from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to execute a feasibility study (“Study”) to support the development of approximately 100 solar minigrids, and associated low voltage distribution network, in the States of Kaduna, Plateau, and Kogi (“Project”). The Proposal submission deadline is APRIL 23, 2021 at 12:00 EDT / 17:00 WAT. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US$ 996,781grant to Sosai Renewable Energies Company Limited from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

About the Grantee

Sosai Renewable Energies Company Limited (“Sosai”) was created in 2010 by Habiba Ali, a Nigerian entrepreneur. The company’s goal is to deliver energy solutions to communities and achieve sustainable economic growth, particularly for women. Sosai currently has 15 employees and expects to build up to more than 30 employees and up to 100 part-time local community representatives during Project implementation.

Project Background

Sosai seeks to implement 100 solar minigrids in Kaduna, Plateau, and Kogi States. Sosai has already identified over 100 potential sites in for which they have geographic information system coordinates, basic demographic information, and information on proximity to the national grid and distribution grids. None of the proposed sites are grid-connected, but they all have mobile telephone coverage to enable the use of smart metering and mobile payments. The proposed sites are based upon long-standing relationships and presence that the proposed Grantee has in these States.

Sosai estimates that each minigrid system is likely to be between 142 kilowatts (“kW”) and 202 kW. These solar minigrids would have battery storage and/or diesel back-up generators, as determined by the Study. It is expected that the Project would result in approximately 20 megawatts (“MW”) of new renewable energy generation and new energy access for approximately 202,000 people (an estimated 40,400 households).

About the Study

The objective of the Study is to support the development of approximately 100 solar minigrids, and associated low voltage distribution network, in Kaduna, Plateau, and Kogi. The selected contractor will conduct in-person site assessments at 100 sites, including energy audits, willingness to pay surveys, productive use assessments, and tracking of expected development outcomes. The Study will also include: (i) preliminary engineering and environmental and social management plans to meet Nigeria’s minigrid regulations for each of the 100 sites, (ii) a regulatory and legal analysis, (iii) an economic and financial analysis, (iv) a U.S. source of supply analysis, (v) a development impact assessment, and (vi) an implementation plan that would provide recommendations on how Sosai can sustainably grow its business in conjunction with Project implementation.

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Nigeria: Sosai Sustainable Minigrids for Energy Access and Social Inclusion Project

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