Itron supplies smart payment solution to utility in Africa

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, March 7, 2011 — Electricidade e Agua da Guinee Bissau, the national power and water utility in Guinea-Bissau, has completed the implementation of Itron's electricity prepayment technology.

This deployment is part of the Emergency Electricity and Water Rehabilitation Project, which was launched in 2008 by the World Bank. Itron's solution ensures that all consumers have full control over their electricity accounts and enhances the utility's operations and revenue stream.

The objective of the Emergency Electricity and Water Rehabilitation Project is to assist the government of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau with rapidly restoring its electricity and water network and improving the current supply services in its capital city, Bissau. The electricity portion of the project includes funding 5 MW of generation capacity. Additionally, within the scope of the rehabilitation project, the utility will pilot biomass-based power generation.

Itron's prepayment metering solution is critical to the utility's ability to manage and optimize electricity supply. Today, the utility's meter assets are not standardized, resulting in added costs to the utility. Itron's solution includes prepayment meters, as well as the associated meter data management software and vending system to collect and store meter data.

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