Originate is an initiative by RINA to support the development of decentralized energy solutions across Africa by aggregating early stage off-grid, mini grid and renewable energy opportunities and make them happen.

A matchmaking platform to improve the project origination process by aggregating opportunities across Africa, streamlining development process, and applying standards in line with technical, environmental and social requirements of development funding institutions.

We see project development as an open process, where developers are guided and supported by industry experts and technology manufacturers to structure credible and bankable initiatives.

Originate is supported by RES4AFRICA a leading industry association for the deployment of large-scale and decentralized renewable energy solutions in Sub-Saharan African markets.



Modern, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is critical for economic growth in Africa. More than 60% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. Technological innovation and declining costs have made decentralized energy solutions a viable option to boost economic activity in areas that would otherwise be waiting years for grid connection.

Africa is a very fragmented continent, and project development can be extremely complex due to the lack of information about local context and policies.

Originate intends to fill this gap by collecting such information from developers and stakeholders, and share it with a network of industry operators who can provide valuable support in feasibility assessment and definition of the business model to make projects happen.




Originate aims at matching project opportunities proposed by communities or developers that answer real electrification needs, with the support of major renewable energy industry operators, members of RES4Africa, who are seeking business opportunities and that can bring skills and experience.

We intend to create a reliable data and market information base to give access to project opportunities, enable informed decisions on policies, site assessments, investment opportunities and design of delivery mechanisms. Data and information will be made available and accessible to market.

Originate will be presented on March 14th 2018 at the 4th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum: Integrating Remote Communities into Economies.

Project submission will open in May 2018 after the official launch of the portal, but inquiries can already be sent through our contact page.



A successful project is a collaborative affair with widespread support and involvement of local communities, in which various stakeholders are involved. International funding institutions, local administrations and authorities, development agencies and NGOs are best positioned to advise on local electrification needs that can turn into projects, and Originate intends to aggregate these opportunities and provide the missing link to energy operators.

Aligning project objectives with community priorities is as fundamental as understanding requirements of funding institutions to structure a solid initiative and secure investment support.

We welcome partnership opportunities with entities and operators who can populate our platform database and help us make an opportunity emerge by channeling it and shaping it with the support of the RES4Africa network.



Provide energy access to remote locations and rural communities with sustainable energy solutions.



Integrate or replace current energy supply with renewable-based solutions to minimize costs and emissions, and maximize reliability and flexibility.



Support the development of infrastructures, local industries and SMEs with a sustainable, affordable and reliable electricity supply



Improving agricultural production and productivity with the implementation of modern technologies and reliable energy supply.

Originate intends to create a database mapping the activity of developers, contractors and investors in the energy sector across Africa.

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You will receive a report on mini-grid and off-grid project development activity and access to useful industry information.

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RINA is a global corporation that leads industries to success across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors through a global network of 3.700 professionals. With a strong footprint in Africa, thanks to local offices in Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, RINA is committed to supporting developers and operators in the ongoing energy transition challenge.
RINA provides a wide range of technical services to operators and stakeholders in the power sector for the development of new energy solutions, power plants and infrastructures.


RES4Africa promotes the deployment of large-scale and decentralized renewable energy solutions in Sub-Saharan African markets to meet local energy needs for growth. RES4Africa gathers a network of international leaders from across the clean energy value chain and supports the creation of an enabling environment for renewable energy investments and strategic partnerships.
RES4Africa functions as a bridge between members and partners of emerging markets for an exchange of perspectives and expertise.