Community Mini-Grids

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.

Contact us to jointly develop a community mini-grid.

Mini-Grid Details

Capacity

Peak capacity of 50+ Kilowatts, serving a variety of applications within a radius of up to 10 kilometers.

Usage

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-Grid Benefits

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