In rural areas of Benin and Tanzania, access to modern energy services is extremely limited.
Village Industrial Power (VIP) Plants are mini-grid systems powered through the combustion of biomass waste produced at local agricultural processing facilities.
CAMCO’s partner, VIP, has installed the first units at 3 palm oil processing businesses in South Eastern Benin; 1 village in Southern Tanzania at the heart of the timber industry, to be used to power a village grid and 1 unit at the central headquarters of Kanyovu Coffee Curing Company in the Kigoma Region of Tanzania, using coffee parchment as feedstock to provide electricity for a secondary school and hospital.
CAMCO/VIP will incorporate the lessons learned from these demonstrations to improve the next generation units. The Climate Foundation took an interest in this project and produced this video of its concept.