Mini grids will issue first-ever EACs, P-RECs in the climate vulnerable country of Chad
The regions of the world most affected by crises tend to be those most vulnerable to climate change, and are largely excluded from climate finance flows and related investment. In addition, conflict-affected communities tend to experience high levels of energy poverty, and face issues like hunger, malnutrition and lack of basic human necessities. Peace Renewable Energy Credits (P-RECS) have the potential to expand the renewable energy revolution to vulnerable regions, improve quality of life, and create economic opportunities. A P-REC is an International Renewable Energy Credit (I-REC) with an additional certification by Energy Peace Partners (EPP) of the social and economic co-benefits associated with the project.
Developers like ZIZ Energie are extending the benefits of solar energy to countries in Africa, where REC markets have yet to be fully developed. Currently, ZIZ Energie owns and operates five diesel powered mini-grids in Chad, which it plans to convert to solar-plus-storage hybrid systems. In Mongo, the capital region of Guera province, ZIZ Energie is installing a 5MW solar power plant, which will consist of a 2.5 MWp solar PV power plant, a 5 MWh energy storage system, and a 1.2 MW generator. Starting in 2022, approximately 3,300 P-RECs are projected to be issued each year, but energy production estimates will be confirmed upon final system build. P-REC purchases support the installation of about 50-100 community streetlights in Mongo, which will have a significant impact on the quality of life for area residents. These would be the first EACs and P-RECs to be issued and sold from Chad.
+ The solar mini grids reduce the need for carbon intensive forms of energy that are typical in Chad. This has a direct climate mitigation impact by reducing local air pollution and decreasing carbon emissions.
+ ZIZ’s solar sites will provide power to rural households in Chad, a nation that has had a lack of development for decades, and currently has an electrification rate of about 10%. Projects like this will help Chad increase its electrification by 500% overall.
+ The P-REC-funded community streetlights will increase safety and security, and allow local businesses to stay open longer. The electricity connections enabled by the solar mini grids will increase overall quality of life for rural Chadian households.