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Engie Seeks to Tap Off-Grid Solar to Power Millions in Africa

  • Working on pilot projects in West Africa with telecom Orange
  • Off Grid Electric says project helps validate the technology

Engie SA is seeking to become a player in the off-grid solar industry, one of the first major utilities to work directly in that niche of the energy system.

“It could be a sizable part of the market,” Bruno Bensasson, chief executive officer of Engie’s Africa business unit, said in an interview in London. “Solar home systems are part of an energy proposal for countries, as well as national grids. We want to be part of it.”