Havenhill Synergy Limited
SESA CALL FOR ENTREPRENEURS 2023
Olusegun Odunaiya | Co-Founder & CEO
Havenhill is on a mission to create and deploy world-class, efficient renewable energy solutions that guarantee the customer’s peace of mind through operating practices that conform to international standards. Their renewable energy solutions help to run a more profitable business, have more comfort and convenience at work or home, while also making the environment clean, safe, and better to live in.
Havenhill Synergy’s operations are centered around six key verticals, demonstrating the company’s commitment to offering comprehensive energy access and value–added services:
- Energizing Communities
- Energizing Commerce
- Energizing Industries (Commercial and Industrial Solar)
- Energizing Healthcare
- Value–Added Services (Appliance Finance and Farm Fuse)
- Engineering, Procurement, and Construction
As part of the SESA project, the proposed smart solar irrigation system is an integral part of Havenhill Synergy’s Farm Fuse Initiative, aimed at supporting smallholder farmers in their mini-grid host communities. Currently offering a range of services like improved seeds, mechanization, and market access, the initiative seeks to further enhance its impact by incorporating smart solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS).
This innovative solution aims to revolutionize farming practices by providing smallholder farmers with consistent and dependable irrigation throughout the year. The primary goal is to uplift farmers’ productivity, income, and overall living standards within the Farm Fuse partner network.
The implementation strategy involves deploying smart solar drip irrigation systems to specific geographical clusters, each comprising 10 farmers cultivating approximately 50 acres per cluster. This system will be replicated across four clusters spanning two mini-grid host communities initially and later scaled to more communities Havenhill currently operates from. Collectively, this project aims to cultivate approximately 200 acres across the clusters. Comprising four key components – PV generator, submersible systems, motor cable/electrical system, and overhead storage/water distribution system – this integrated solution is meticulously designed for efficient and sustainable operation.
The PV generator, encompassing solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, and a sun switch, forms the system’s energy backbone. The submersible system includes a DC pump, PS2 controller, well probe, and flow sieve, ensuring precise water delivery. The motor cable/electrical system, equipped with essential kits like a cable split kit, surge protector, pressure sensors, and grounding rod, guarantees safe and optimized electrical functioning. Finally, the overhead storage and water distribution system incorporates structures, tanks, meters, switches, pipes, connectors, valves, and fittings for effective water management.
By implementing this solar-powered irrigation system, smallholder farmers will transcend reliance on rain-fed agriculture, enabling year-round cultivation. This extension of the growing season is expected to yield significantly higher crop outputs and diversification, translating into augmented incomes for farmers and bolstering food security within the communities.
This initiative not only addresses immediate agricultural needs but also aligns with sustainable development goals by promoting eco-friendly and renewable energy practices. The smart irrigation system reduces dependency on fossil fuels, mitigating environmental impact while fostering agricultural resilience.
Havenhill Synergy’s endeavor to integrate smart solar-powered irrigation within the Farm Fuse Initiative reflects a commitment to empowering smallholder farmers, fostering economic growth, and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. The implementation of this technology stands poised to transform the agricultural landscape, catalyzing positive socio-economic changes within these communities.
This investment in technological advancement not only supports local farmers but also contributes to the broader goals of creating resilient, self-sufficient, and empowered agricultural communities.
Co-Founder and CEO
Olusegun Odunaiya, the CEO of Havenhill Synergy Limited, boasts vast expertise in management, social entrepreneurship, and renewable energy systems. Over 13 years, he’s propelled Havenhill to a leading position in Nigeria’s Energy Access Space, securing significant funding and managing 15,000+ connections across 30 off-grid communities. Under his leadership, the company has electrified 38 healthcare facilities, deployed over 5MW of solar solutions, and powered mini-grids serving 100,000+ individuals. With a diverse background in science and management, he’s an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.