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Low carbon microgrids toolkit: Electricity for remote populations


The objective of this toolkit, ‘Low carbon microgrids – economically viable and renewable-based solution to electrification of remote areas‘, is to assist stakeholders involved in the development of microgrids towards the best available solutions. By means of a decision tree, the toolkit outlines a range of scenarios and recommends technology options and relevant sustainable business models in order to provide electricity for remote populations.

Microgrids using a high share of renewable energy are today the most economical solution to providing electricity to populations and industries in remote locations around the world. The required technology for controlling and stabilizing the grid exists, and the vast cost reductions in key technology components such as photovoltaic (PV) solar are increasing customers’ ability to afford this technology.

One of main barriers to commissioning a microgrid is the long time span from idea to project design. As such, this toolkit enables faster decision making for a microgrid design fit in specific local circumstances, and provides further information for financing and permitting agencies in their project screening processes. In addition, users can easily and independently use the toolkit to increase their knowledge about different possible microgrids solutions for their businesses and communities.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) member companies are engaged in several areas of work aiming to accelerate the adoption of low carbon microgrids globally. A ‘Business case for low carbon microgrids’ – to be published at the start of 2016 – will illustrate the viability of microgrids using a number of case studies highlighting key success factors. This toolkit is the result of a collaborative effort between WBCSD and representatives from companies participating in the low carbon microgrid working group.

Access the toolkit here.

Photo: Graham Crouch / World Bank