Virunga Energies SAU was founded in 2013 as a subsidiary of Virunga Foundation, the foundation that manages Virunga National Park. It produces, distributes and markets clean and renewable hydroelectric energy that facilitates socio-economic development in the areas surrounding Virunga National Park.
Virunga Energies is a commercial business with a social mission. Its revenues allow it to cover its operational and maintenance costs, conduct its public service missions (most notably public street lighting), increase its supply and widen the electric grid. Over $120m have been invested since 2013. As a pioneer of a new energy model, the company was the first in eastern DRC to benefit from a loan from an investment bank.
Today, Virunga Energies is active in the territories of Beni, Lubero, Rutshuru, Nyiragongo and in Goma city.
Throughout its existence, Virunga Energies has benefited from financial support from the European Union, The Schmidt Family Foundation, The World We Want and British International Investment.
Thanks to its different hydroelectric stations (Matebe – 13.2MW, Mutwanga – 1.4MW, Luviro – 14.6MW), Virunga Energies supplies affordable energy into rural areas of North Kivu, thereby improving the quality of life of these territories’ inhabitants. It counts households and businesses small and large amongst its customers.
As part of its social mission, Virunga Energies installs public street lighting and powers it free of charge in villages and towns linked to its grid and contributes in this way to the reduction in insecurity. It also connects social and state infrastructure (hospitals, schools, courthouses, etc.) to the grid.