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This report was produced by Danish Energy Management (DEM) on behalf of the European Commission. This study analyses the achievements made in six mini-grid projects supported by the ACP-EU Energy Facility in Tanzania and Madagascar to understand the increase in PUE and the impact that energy access has had:

- SDG1: Mini-grid access has improved the quality of life for 70% of the communities that have been connected to the mini-grid in Tanzania and Madagascar. A quarter of households reported that they had more disposable income, which was primarily spent on food and school fees. Twenty percent of households reported an improvement in health services.

- SDG5: As users of energy, women value convenience and lighting for studying, as well as the time saved from travelling to charge mobile phones. Women entrepreneurs report being empowered to provide additional services dependent on electricity and an enthusiasm to expand their businesses, despite a self-reported lack of knowledge or finances.

- SDG7: The introduction of electricity access to the six projects areas has resulted in a 97% reduction in the use of kerosene and 89% reduction in the use of battery powered torches. Solar home system usage reduced by 90%, indicating that the quality of light and convenience is valued cost.

- SDG8: The workforce of the MSMEs interviewed had increased by 2.5 times, which they attributed primarily to a more diverse portfolio of activities to meet local demand, and increased revenue. The opportunity to become self-employed was valued, both due to the independence to determine how much time was spent on which activities but also due to a better income per hour of work put in.

For more information, please download the report from DEM.

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WASHINGTON, June 25, 2019— Mini grids, previously viewed as a niche solution, can provide electricity to as many as 500 million people by 2030, helping close the energy access gap, according to a new World Bank report. The combination of falling costs, dramatic increase in quality of service, and enabling policies has made mini grids a scalable option to complement grid extension and solar home systems.

Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers is the most comprehensive study on mini grids to date. It provides policy makers, investors, and developers with insights on how mini grids can be scaled up.  It takes stock of the global market and industry, analyses costs and technological innovations, and shows the importance of microfinance and income-generating uses of electricity.  

Compared with main grid and solar home systems, mini grids are a more viable solution for areas with high population density and medium electricity demand. Extending main grid to serve remote communities is often prohibitively expensive. Globally, at least 19,000 mini grids are already installed in 134 countries, representing a total investment of $28 billion and providing electricity to around 47 million people. Most are deployed in Asia, while Africa has the largest share of planned mini grids.

At present the total mini grid investment in countries with low levels of electricity access in Africa and Asia totals $5 billion. It is estimated that $220 billion is needed to connect 500 million people to 210,000 mini grids in these regions by 2030. Across the globe, countries need to actively mobilize private sector investment. This can be achieved by setting up policies that support comprehensive electrification programs, promoting viable business models, and providing public funding, for example through performance-based grants.

Mini grids are now one of the core solutions for closing the energy access gap. We see great potential for mini grid development at scale and are working with countries to actively mobilize public and private investment,” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director of Energy and Extractives at the World Bank. “The World Bank has been scaling up its support to mini grids while helping countries develop comprehensive electrification programs. Our commitments to mini grids represent about one-quarter of total investment by the public and private sector in our client countries. The Bank’s portfolio spans 37 mini grids projects in 33 countries, with a total commitment of more than $660 million. This investment is expected to leverage an additional $1.1 billion in cofinancing.”

In addition to being cost-efficient, mini grids have many other benefits. They have positive environmental impacts: 210,000 mini grids powered by solar energy would help avoid 1.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions globally. They also offer national utilities a win-win solution in the electricity sector by paving the way for more financially viable future grid expansion.

By the time the main grid arrives, significant demand for electricity would already exist and customers would have greater ability to pay through the generation of productive uses made possible by mini grids.

Funding for the report was provided by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).

 

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 07:38

Facts & Figures SOLAR Energy 2017

Africa is quickly becoming one of the most significant regions in the global expansion of the solar PV industry. The high levels of solar irradiation, extreme (and growing) energy demand, an increasing amount of renewable energy related commitments by governments in the region, and the lack of reliable energy infrastructure are just some of the factors that are sparking growing interest from local businesses and international stakeholders alike
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Friday, 21 September 2018 08:43

The Platform for Energy Access Knowledge

Power for All recently launched the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK) and will be hosting a series of webinars to demonstrate PEAK's unique functionalities and how they can support your data needs. The webinars are tailor-made for different user groups.

Webinars will be held from Wednesday 3rd October - Wednesday 10th October 2018.

The following are the avaialable webinars:

  1.  Decentralized Renewable Energy Practitioners, Wednesday 3rd October 2018 3pm EAT/5:30pm IST/1pm CET/8am EST. Register
  2. Media, Academia and Researchers Thursday 4th October 2018 5pm CET/ 12pm EST/9am PST. Register
  3. Energy Access Platforms Tuesday 9th October 2018 3pm EAT/5:30pm IST/1pm CET/8am EST. Register
  4. Energy Access Policymakers and Funders Wednesday 10th October 2018 5pm CET/ 12pm EST/9am PST. Register
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The objective of this study is to provide an overview of the EEP mini-grid portfolio, highlight observations and lessons learned about challenges and opportunities in the mini-grid sector, and provide recommendations for mini-grid developers and the programmes that support them. Countries in Africa are struggling to balance an increasing demand for electricity with the high cost of extending national electricity grids with limited government budgets. With rapid technological development, renewable energy mini-grids are a practical solution to the challenge of electrifying rural areas. Find out more by downloading the EEP Study
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The GMG Facility is encouraged by the interest to date for the GMG call for proposals, and look forward to reviewing the concepts submitted. We remind all that the first deadline is 17th September and concepts will be reviewed and awards will be granted on a first come first server basis. Mini-grid applications submitted after 17th September will be reviewed once the initial batch are evaluated pending availability of funds. Type and nature of support Under the GMG Kenya programme, the Managing Entity will provide two main kinds of support to GMG Facility Recipients: - Technical assistance (TA) activities structured on a demand-driven basis at the project level. - Output based - connection and/or milestone grant support through the grant facility encourage private operators to build and operate green mini-grids providing access to electricity in Kenya. Both the technical assistance and the financial support facilities will be tailored to the specific needs of the eligible GMG Facility Recipient. A flexible approach will be used to design and implement the service awarded, taking into consideration the level of advancement of the recipient projects: pre-feasibility, development or execution phase of the project cycle. Priority will be given to projects with high social impact, reasonable funding needs, positive environmental and social impact, potential for replication and sustainability, and high contribution to reach the programme objectives within given timelines. More details regarding the eligibility and the application process can be found in the Manual of Procedures. Please register here for access. Summary guidelines are attached for reference. The GMG Facility google application forms can also be found here once registered. Please send inquires to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The GMG Facility Managing Entity www.gmgfacilitykenya.org
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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 07:57

The GMG Facility Kenya Moves Forward

The Green Mini Grid (GMG) Facility Kenya is grateful to the Powerhive families of Kisii and Nyamira Counties in Western Kenya for their participation in demonstrating the value of electrification to their community. Check out their story at “GMG Facility Benefits Rural Kenya”. The GMG Facility Kenya has provided technical assistance, and is providing output based connection grants, and milestone capital investment grants to mini-grid developers Powerhive, PowerGen and RVE.Sol. We are looking for additional mini-grid developers and projects in Kenya. Check back at www.gmgfacilitykenya.org for the announcement of the next call for proposals in the coming months. For more details about the GMG Facility you may register at “GMG Online Platform”. We welcome your questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:34

A Guide to Mini Grid Sizing

The guidebook provides information on how to assess the electricity demand of a community and determine the appropriate size of a new solar mini-grid.

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