ESSOR Programme

ESSOR is an ambitious program of hybrid solar mini-grid projects targeting areas of at least 100 000 inhabitants in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The overall program supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), aims to roll out up to 30 projects through a tendering process to the private sector. A first batch of 3 sites has been selected and IED is providing its technical assistance throughout the pilot phase for the concessions to be tendered. 

The main tasks undertaken during the first phase of the assignment can be summarized as follow:

- Identification of potential locations to build the solar power plants

- Demand assessment, analysis and forecast across the concession period

- Technical assistance regarding minigrids prefeasibility, including the scoping of the distribution system (mapping, length, Low voltage lines/ medium voltage lines) and the identification of the main technical issues, environmental constrains and impacts

IED will go on by providing its assistance in developing the technical assumptions to be used in each project financial model, developing the standard concession agreement (covering both generation and distribution), and drafting of the technical requirements for the tender process.

Francheville - 13th July 2018

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