Kenya Continues Rollout of Off-Grid Minigrids

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Kenya's government continues to forge ahead with an ambitious initiative for universal electrification and distributed energy, with state utility Kenya Power and Lighting (KPLC) launching a $6.7 million plan for 23 off-grid minigrids, the term used for microgrids in Africa. Twenty-seven solar-diesel minigrids are already up and running in … [Read more...]

Zimbabweans Turn to Minigrids in Droves Amid Chronic Blackouts

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It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that's the case in Zimbabwe where businesses and well-off residents are reportedly turning to off-grid minigrids and on-site solar, small wind and hydro-plus-storage systems in droves amid grid outages that can last 18 hours a day. The average cost per connection for minigrids in … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Signs Agreement to Spur Minigrid Electrification in Nigeria

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Schneider Electric recently signed an agreement with EM-ONE Energy Solutions, an engineering firm in Nigeria, with the aim of creating an industry ecosystem based on renewable energy-centered minigrids built or operated by community stakeholders. EM-ONE holds a contract to build 30 minigrids to power hospitals in the Nigerian state of … [Read more...]

How to Keep Africa’s Minigrids from Becoming a Bridge to Nowhere

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A push is on to bring electricity to the nearly one billion people who lack it worldwide. But if you build it will they come? Apparently not, as some minigrid developers are finding in Sub-Saharan Africa. Electricity does little good for those who have nothing to plug in. And unfortunately that’s too often the case in remote areas with new … [Read more...]