Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers

Sectors and Themes
Energy
Scale
National
Sub-national
Expertise Level
Generalist
Practitioner
Resource Type
Guidance and Frameworks
Language
English
French
Developer or Source
Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

Produced by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), the book, Mini Grids for Half a Billion people: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers identifies five market drivers to set the mini grid sector on a trajectory to achieve full market potential and universal electrification:

1. Reducing the cost of electricity from solar hybrid mini grids to $0.20/kWh by 2030, which would put life-changing power in the hands of half a billion people for just $10 per month

2. Increasing the pace of deployment to 2,000 mini grids per country per year, by building portfolios of modern mini grids instead of one-off projects

3. Providing superior-quality service to customers and communities by providing reliable electricity for 3 million income-generating appliances and machines and 200,000 schools and clinics

4. Leveraging development partner funding and government investment to “crowd in” private-sector finance, raising $127 billion in cumulative investment from all sources for mini grids by 2030.

5. Establishing enabling mini grid business environments in key access-deficit countries through light-handed and adaptive regulations, supportive policies, and reductions in bureaucratic red tape.

The handbook is the World Bank’s most comprehensive and authoritative publication on mini grids to date.

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