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Clean, reliable power for Africa: The potential for mini-grids


Two thirds of rural African households lack access to electricity. Mini-grids – electricity grids which are separate from the main energy grid – can offer a way to reach unconnected areas. When they are powered by clean, renewable energy, mini-grids can offer electricity access to rural populations with minimal greenhouse gas emissions.

For more than two years, the Africa LEDS Partnership has convened a Mini-grids Community of Practice that has enabled professionals to exchange best practices and financing advice on renewably-powered mini-grids.

This short film highlights the potential of mini-grids to address the energy challenges in rural Africa, while tackling the global challenge of climate change.

It contains highlights from a field visit by the African Mini-Grids Community of Practice (AMG-CoP) to a field site in rural Nigeria in November 2018. This site visit was undertaken as part of the 4th AMG-CoP meeting, which was hosted by the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency. The focus of the meeting was on tariff and subsidy design. This three-day meeting was attended by over 45 participants from 16 countries.

You can also read more about the Africa LEDS Partnership.

 

 

Image: LEDS GP Nigeria field visit, courtesy Charlie Zajicek, LEDS GP

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