We designed and facilitated the process that will bring affordable, green energy to half a million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), boosting economic growth and reducing carbon emissions. The African Solar Industry Association described it as 'probably the largest [solar] mini-grid project in the world'.
Our work with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is helping rebuild the country’s economy after decades of conflict and instability, including facilitating much needed international investment and access to reliable, green electricity.
The DRC is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of mineral deposits, and the size of Western Europe, yet the people remain some of the poorest in the world. Conflict has ravaged the country for decades, and it’s not surprising that the country's infrastructure is fragile - only 10% of the country has access to reliable electricity.
On behalf of the FCDO, we have been working to support the DRC government with various projects over the past decade to improve the country’s ways of doing business, their public services, and energy supply.
In June 2021 we celebrated a landmark event, with three concession agreements signed that will bring affordable, green energy to half a million people, boosting economic growth and reducing carbon emissions. The African Solar Industry Association heralded our PwC Essor programme as 'probably the largest [solar] mini-grid project in the world'.
Four years ago we designed an innovative tendering process for international companies to bid to develop solar mini-grids in the North of the DRC, to provide reliable and affordable electricity. It’s expected these will serve around 24,000 households and 4,000 businesses, as well as schools and medical centres.
“I’m immensely proud of our work in the DRC. We’re making a real difference, delivering sustainable outcomes to some of the poorest communities. It also builds immense trust in British interests and values overseas.”
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