Mini-grid in Nigeria with Havenhill

In this episode, we speak with Olusegun (Segun) Odunaiya and Oluwatobi (Tobi) Soyombo from Havenhill Synergy. Havenhill is a renewable energy provider based in Abuja, Nigeria, with the goal of ending blackouts across the country.

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Show notes and related resources

Havenhill Synergy: company webpage

Havenhill company blog

Podcast Summary

Our discussion covers:

  • Olusegun's background and why he started working in solar energy

  • His participation in YALI and how it inspired their work, and provided the starting point for their minigrid projects

  • Their learnings from deploying minigrids in rural communities across Nigeria, including:

    • to undersize minigrids at the design stage

    • the demand for entertainment products

    • the need to have a productive energy user to ensure off-take at each community

    • the importance of remote monitoring for minigrid systems

  • Their participation in USADF's Off-Grid Energy Challenge

  • Discussion on Nigeria's mini-grid regulatory framework: its strengths and challenges

  • Overview of the Nigerian electricity system

  • Their engagement with Odyssey Energy Solutions