Mini-grid can be a sustainable energy access model, given appropriate financial models, social glues and livelihood opportunities.
The Foundation is working with partners on different technical, financial and ownership models for mini-grids, considering the particular requirements of a community and geographical constraints. The whole investigation aims to determine when and where mini-grids could be a better option than individual solar systems, and to test the technology needed. If a situation arises in which a mini-grid is most suitable, a tested model should be available for implementation. There is potential of a mini-grid to fill the energy access gap, especially where good social glues and livelihood opportunities are present.