In 2014, as part of the "Clean Energy Mini-Grids" initiative of the UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program), EDP partnered with EDM (Electricidade de Moçambique - Electricity of Mozambique), FUNAE (Fundo para a Energia) and SAN-JFS (Sociedade Algodoeira do Niassa do Grupo João Ferreira dos Santos - Niassa Cotton Company of the João Ferreira dos Santos Group) to develop decentralized clean energy solutions for isolated communities without energy access.
After a selection process, the village of Titimane was chosen to implement the project, due to the relevant presence of local partner SAN-JFS, the biomass potential, and the population density. In addition, the low probability of electrification in that area was a determining factor.
This project would represent an opportunity to test a new business model, a mini-utility with a fee-for-service system, an innovative technology mix (solar, storage, biomass), and it would also be a first step towards a potential market comprising rural populations without energy access.
The partners have established an agreement with the Government of Mozambique and, in addition to equity capital, they have also obtained external funding from EEP (Energy and Environment Partnership) and OFID (OPEC's Fund for International Development).
The design and preparation of the project took place between 2015 and 2016. In early 2017, immediately prior to the implementation phase, the partner EDM announced the intention to electrify Titimane within two years through the extension of the national grid, thus making the initiative unfeasible.
EDP remains its willingness and interest to analyze and integrate other Access to Energy initiatives, whether in Mozambique or in other parts of the world.