Community mini-grids are standalone renewable energy systems capable of powering entire off-grid communities.
The Government of Ethiopia’s (GoE) updated National Electrification Program (NEP 2.0) seeks universal electricity access nationwide by 2025. To achieve this goal, GoE will sanction and subsidize the development of community mini-grids, including public funding support for 285 designated deep-rural sites.1
As a member of the GoE committee developing regulations to govern community mini-grids, we have been invested in this effort from the very beginning.
Our direct involvement in this process, technical expertise, and local presence equip us to effectively implement reliable mini-grids in partnership with organizations investing in this groundbreaking initiative.
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Peak capacity of 50+ Kilowatts, serving a variety of applications within a radius of up to 10 kilometers.
Local consumers — households, businesses, etc. — connect directly to the system to meet their energy needs.
Revenue and ROI
Meters track individual usage to charge consumers directly.
Mini-grids’ scale and flexibility provide advantages over much smaller individual retail products:
Increased energy efficiency
Entire community access
Dynamic pricing based on individual customer usage
Increased capacity meets a variety of energy needs and use cases:
Household lighting, device charging, refrigeration, and appliances
Electronic cooking products, removing the need for hazardous in-home cookstoves
Small businesses: barbershops, internet cafes, woodworking and welding, etc.
Health centers, schools, and other local institutions
Water pumps for drinking water and irrigation, as well as other community projects
The ability to store and sell excess energy to the national grid ensures the long-term relevance and profitability of this initiative, even if the national grid eventually expands to reach communities with mini-grids.
1Government of Ethiopia Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Electricity: National Electrification Program 2.0