NIGERIA – Nayo Tropical Technology, a leading clean energy mini-grid supplier has expanded its partnership with US based energy company Eos in an effort to up its ability to supply more Nigerian with electricity.

Based in Edison (New Jersey, USA), Eos Energy Storage manufactures electricity storage systems using zinc batteries.

“We are proud to extend our partnership with Nayo after a follow-up in the first quarter of 2020, and look forward to meeting the energy needs of additional communities in the future with Nayo as our partner”, says Balki G. Iyer, Eos Energy Storage’s Commercial Director.

The expanded partnership is an important milestone for Nayo Tropical as it will lead to greater access to electricity storage equipment which is a key element in the deployment of renewable energy mini-grids.

Electrification of rural communities remains a challenge for central grids, as communities tend to be spread across vast swathes of land.

Mini-grids, such as the ones being provided by Nayo are increasingly becoming the go to solution for rural electrification in Africa since, are much better equipped to serve such places

A recent study conducted by BloombergNEF and Sustainable Energy for All reported that the potential for solar powered mini-grids to grow still remained huge given that at least 620 million people in the continent were yet to be connected to electricity.

The report even states that given the current trends in uptake of mini-grid solar systems, the Sub-Saharan solar mini-grid market could be worth $128 billion by 2030.

With the partnership, Nayo Tropical Technology will now be better equipped to take advantage of this attractive and increasingly growing market.

In West Africa where 48% of the population still does not have access according to data from the World Bank, Nayo Tropical even has a greater opportunity to expand its mini-grid offering and connect more people to electricity.

To this end, Nayo Tropical Technology says that it is executing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for green mini-grids for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and rural households.

The Abuja-based company plans to rely on its partnership with Eos Energy Storage to carry out its new projects, including the construction of four mini-grids with electricity storage systems in the first quarter of 2021.

As part of this project, the Nigerian company will install Eos Energy Storage’s 125 kW/500 kWh Aurora EnergyBlock™ systems.

In total, the off-grid solar system provider will build 25 mini-solar grids in West Africa. Eos Energy Storage will build on these projects to spread its electricity storage solutions in West Africa.

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