Who we are

INENSUS - the one-stop-shop for mini-grids

INENSUS is a mini-grid expert providing holistic technical, business and policy expertise based on years of experience as mini-grid investor, project developer and operator in West and East Africa. Our clients range from private and public mini-grid project developers, to international development organizations and financiers, to governments in the target countries.
INENSUS is a consulting and engineering firm that covers all aspects related to solar-hybrid mini-grids for rural electrification. The company was created in 2005 and is headquartered in Goslar, Germany. The combination of consulting and engineering expertise makes INENSUS is a unique “one-stop- shop” for mini-grids and decentralized renewable energy systems. Our expertise results from working as mini-grid investor, developer and operator for more than 10 years in Senegal (through our joint venture ENERSA Energie Rurale Sahélienne S.A.) and more than 5 years in Tanzania (through our joint venture JUMEME Rural Power Supply Ltd.).

What we do

Project development services and business consultancy

Project development services and business consultancy
Mini-grid project development and operation is a challenging business. We support mini-grid developers and operators all across the developing world in becoming profitable businesses through our business consultancy services.
Our services cover all steps along the mini-grid project development chain ranging from project site selection, electricity demand projection, technical system design, community engagement and interactions, licenses and permits obtaining, business plan development with financial modelling, finance acquisition, development and optimization of delivery and sales processes, to M&E and O&M processes, as well as fostering of productive use of electricity. We put a strong focus on adjusting all strategies and approaches to the respective locally prevailing legal, political, environmental, economic and social conditions.
While our consultancy services can be requested by any entity working in the mini-grid sector, mini- grid developers from Sub-Saharan Africa may enjoy our services free of charge after succeeding with an application for support to the Green Mini-Grid Developers Help Desk of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
For further information click on this link to the SE4All GMG Developers Help Desk website

Mini-grid policies and regulations

Mini-grid policies and regulations
Attracting private capital to mini-grids markets requires well-balanced policy and regulatory frameworks that equally protect the interests of private investors and electricity customers. With this in mind, we develop policies and regulations for governments across Africa and Asia.
Since 2012, we have broadened our services towards becoming an advisory firm for mini-grid policy and regulations. Policy surveys and general policy recommendations such as the Mini-Grid Policy Toolkit (for further information click on the link to the EUEI-PDF mini-grid policy toolkit) or the IRENA study on policies and regulations for private sector renewable energy mini-grids (for further information click on the link to the IRENA study), or as shown on the AfDB Green Mini-Grid Policy Help Desk (for further information go to the <link to Policy Help Desk will follow soon>) present one part of our work in the mini-grid policy space.
Additionally, we provide hand-on support to policy makers and regulators in various countries. We have been actively involved in drafting mini-grid regulations for Nigeria (for further information please click on the link to the NERC mini-grid regulations, 2016) and Sierra Leone (for further information click on the link to the EWRC mini-grid regulations, 2017), and are contributing to respective regulations and policies in Liberia, Guinea, Myanmar and other countries.
With our extensive experience gathered from the field work as mini-grid developer and operator we are in the unique position to provide advisory services that complement the strategies of national policy makers and international development organizations with the requirements of private mini- grid investors and operators. As a result, we help shaping policies and regulations that attract private investments to the mini-grid markets of the respective country.

Mini-grid Public-Private-Partnerships and tendering frameworks

Mini-grid Public-Private-Partnerships and tendering frameworks
Capital grants covering parts of the CAPEX required for mini-grids reduce the private investor’s risk and increase economic viability of the projects. We support governments and funding agencies in structuring public grant funding programs that are adjusted to local constraints while responding to the needs of private sector.
Given that capital grants provided by funding agencies often cannot be paid to the private partners but remain in the ownership of the respective target country’s government, we have developed an approach for tendering of pre-developed and co-developed mini-grid projects. Winning bidders do not receive funding, but technical assistance for project development and usage rights for grant funded mini-grid assets. Following the split-of-assets-model, the capital grants are usually used to finance (at least) the electricity distribution assets. The systems are designed and implemented prior to tendering, and/or in collaboration with the winning bidders after the tendering process. This approach has been successfully applied with slight variations in Nigeria and Sierra Leone in conjunction with the development of mini-grid regulations. As a result, serious mini-grid investors and operators were attracted to these markets.
Such a funding mechanism must be well-adapted to the respective local political constraints as well as to the requirements of the respective funding organization.
In other constellations, we contribute to EPC tenders for publicly funded mini-grid systems or system components including drafting and evaluation of RFPs and preparing technical documentary for procurement of material and components, as well for construction and installation services.

Technical due diligences and commissioning of mini-grids

Technical due diligences and commissioning of mini-grids
Technical complexity of mini-grid setups may lead to risks of technical failure and economic losses. We provide expertise to identify and mitigate such risks, making sure that the mini-grid technology works reliably and fulfils its intended purpose.
Impact investors, dedicated mini-grid debt funds, development banks and crowd funding platforms are increasingly showing interest in the mini-grid market and therefore require mini-grid specific expertise. We answer to these requirements by conducting technical due diligences, analysing demand assumptions, technical designs and financial models, identifying risk factors, suggesting mitigation approaches and if required financing structures. The results of these analyses provide solid grounds to take decisions on respective investments or financing contracts.
In some cases, project developers or project financiers request our services to conduct or support the commissioning of mini-grid systems. Based on the experiences from commissioning of large numbers of power generation and distribution systems in our own or third-party projects, we make sure that all system components are properly installed, connected and parameterized for reliable and safe electricity supply to the end users.

Mini-grid business concepts - Micro Power Economy and Key Maker Model

Mini-grid business concepts - Micro Power Economy and Key Maker Model
Our main expertise is to develop and successfully embed mini-grid business models in its respective social, political and economic environments. Our joint ventures JUMEME in Tanzania and ENERSA in Senegal are the ideal laboratories for the development and validation of new business models.
We are continuously on the forefront of developing and testing new mini-grid business model related innovations enabling mini-grid customers to get access to the latest discoveries and proven strategies in mini-grid business. New ideas are developed and tested in close collaboration with JUMEME and ENERSA. The two main developments that have caught attention and gained wider acceptance in the sector so far are the Micro Power Economy concept including the split-of- assets model (created in 2008) which was adopted by many grant funding concepts, and the newly developed Key Maker Model which aims at adjusting mini-grid economics to the expectation of typical investors in developing countries (created in 2017).
The Micro Power Economy concept introduces balanced decision-making power in mini-grid stakeholder constellations. This includes public and private partners of a PPP, as well as mini-grid customers in the form of village power committees, or similar.
The Key Maker Model unlocks potentials for additional revenue sources directly linked to the mini- grid business. It makes use of the new opportunities created through the existence of reliable electricity and the managerial skills and financial resources of the mini-grid operator in harvesting locally available natural resources in close collaboration with the local community. The potential is even higher if the natural resources would not be marketable without the existence of the mini-grid in the first place. Examples for this are different agricultural produces, fishing or minerals. This way of using mini-grids as door opener for new revenue sources is a new trend which is currently being investigated by JUMEME and a number of other companies in the sector.
JUMEME Rural Power Supply Ltd. is a joint venture set up by the partners St. Augustine University of Tanzania, INENSUS, Terra Projects, and RP Global. The company was established in 2014 under the project Micro Power Economy Roll-out in Tanzania. The project is co-funded by the European Union.
Co-founded by the European Union


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Nico Peterschmidt
Nico PeterschmidtCEO
Nico Peterschmidt, co-founder and shareholder of INENSUS, is a graduate power systems engineer with more than 14 years of experience as investor, developer and strategic technical, financial and policy advisor in the mini-grid field in Africa and Asia. He develops business models for INENSUS’ own operations as well as for customers around the world, provides advisory services for the development of policy and regulatory frameworks, and frequently assists banks, crowd-funding platforms and international donor organisations for due diligences of mini-grid investments or funding mechanism development.
Jakob Schmidt-Reindahl
Jakob Schmidt-ReindahlCOO
Jakob Schmidt-Reindahl, co-founder and shareholder of INENSUS, is a graduate power systems engineer with more than 13 years of experience as investor, developer and strategic technical and policy advisor in the mini-grid field in Africa and Asia. He has worked in rural communities in over 20 African countries, set up mini-grid operations in Senegal and Tanzania, and is working as policy advisor with government agencies and international development organizations on policy and regulatory framework settings as well as competitive procurement processes in several African and Asian countries.
Holger Peters
Holger PetersCTO
Holger Peters co-founder and shareholder of INENSUS, is a graduate mechanical and electrical engineer with more than 14 years of experience as investor, developer and strategic technical advisor in the in the mini-grid field in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. His expertise covers the technical design, installation, commissioning and operation of mini-grids, advisory services related to public procurement processes of mini-grid assets, as well as the provision of trainings for private operators, government agencies and international organisations on mini-grid installation and operation.

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INENSUS GmbH | Am Stollen 19D | 38640 Goslar | Germany | www.inensus.com
Tel +49 (0) 5321 38271-0 | Fax +49 (0) 5321 38271-99 | info(at)inensus.com
Managing Director: Dipl.-Ing. Nico Peterschmidt
Commercial Register: Braunschweig HRB 111530 | VAT-ID: DE243326538

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