Saturday, 10 June 2017

Africa: The Power of Mini-Grids

Source: namibian |AllAfrica|, 6th June 2017, Strive Masiyiwa and Richard Branson

Strive Masiyiwa and Richard Branson reported, "(...) Mini-grids are essentially localised electricity networks that supply several users, whether households or businesses. They can be grid-connected, but they do not have to be. And, as a new report from the Africa Progress Panel (of which one of the authors is a member) shows - and as another report by the Rocky Mountain Institute underscores - mini-grids are an important piece of Africa's energy puzzle. Mini-grids can have a major competitive advantage over grid extension in rural and remote areas, because they can provide electricity more quickly and at much lower cost. Because mini-grids require less capital investment than grid expansion, it can be easier to secure financing for them, meaning that they can electrify communities that might have to wait years for a grid connection. (...)"

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