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Remote metering for mini-grids

Remote metering for mini-grids

Around 80% of Kenyans lack access to electricity. Nairobi-based Steama.co is helping solar mini-grid operators to bring the benefits of clean energy to off-grid customers with its smart metering technology. As a result, many rural communities in Kenya are benefiting from clean light and power for the first time.

What’s exciting about Steama.co is the technology behind it: the micro-grids use an innovative cloud-based remote metering and payments system that monitors energy use, allows customers to pay for power using their mobile phones, and troubleshoots any problems. This smart system successfully overcomes some of the key barriers to making micro-grids commercially feasible and sustainable.

We provided initial support to Steama.co in the capital raising process by introducing them to potential investors, as well as advising them on their business planning and pitching strategies. The company has also ventured into building and operating its own mini-grids.