Fueling the Energy Transition:
Can a Congolese community affordably electrify with renewable resources?
For its bid to provide green, affordable electricity to the city of Beni in Northeast DRC, Kivu Green Energy needs to understand the options for powering its biggest project yet
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In Eastern Congo, communities rely solely on diesel generators to power their lights and charge their cell phones. Jonathan Shaw and Kivu Green Energy are hoping to change all that. Microgrid technology could provide clean, affordable, and reliable electricity to the people of Beni. And while many sources of energy are available to Kivu Green Energy—from diesel to solar power, energy storage, and electricity generated from agricultural leftovers—using them to power a centralized, integrated microgrid in Beni would be unprecedented. Kivu Green Energy will need to design a grid that can sustainably provide power when people need it—and the company will have to convince its funders that the project also makes good business sense. Jon Shaw will need to consider his options carefully when he makes the proposal for Kivu Green Energy’s newest project.