Rensource, a Lagos-based renewable energy startup, has raised $3.5 million in bridge financing to expand its business. This is coming nearly 2 years after a previous seed round of $1.1m in 2016.
This new round is led by Mauritius-based Amaya Capital Partners, with participation from Omidyar Network and Pule Taukobong‘s CRE Venture Capital, which previously led Andela’s $40m Series C round. Interestingly, CRE Venture Capital participated in the original seed round for Rensource.
Rensource, founded in 2015, is a provider of predictable energy on-demand in a region hindered by insufficient power infrastructure. Its tiered, subscription-based energy service offers clean, quiet, seamless power, freeing households and businesses from unreliable public energy providers and toxic diesel generators.
The funds will be put towards growing the Rensource team, expanding operations into Kano and Abuja, and widening its product base. In addition, it will allow Rensource to launch its B2B-focused “Powered by Rensource” offering, which aims to enable businesses throughout Nigeria to leverage Rensource’s infrastructure to pursue energy independence.
Anu Adasolum, general manager of Rensource, said the investment further affirms the growing consensus that renewables-based distributed energy generation – taking power to the people – is the future of Nigeria’s power industry.
“Rensource is uniquely placed to lead this charge. We’re excited to welcome Amaya Capital and the Omidyar Network on this journey and are proud to be enabling Nigerians’ power independence,” Adasolum said.
“Off-grid power is the future of the energy industry and probably the only way through which many people and small businesses will be able to access power for their everyday needs at an affordable price,” said Sundeep Bahanda of Amaya Capital Partners. “We are excited to support Rensource in our joint endeavours to help build the continent’s leading off-grid business and provide electricity to millions of people across Africa.”
Bola Ogidan, chief revenue officer at Rensource, said each investment the startup receives is an endorsement of its belief that distributed power generation will be a critical element in solving the power problem in Nigeria.
“The social benefits and positive ramifications will be something to behold and we at Resource are proud to be playing our part in what could be a true energy revolution,” he said.