Developing Mini-grids in Zambia : How to build sustainable and scalable business models?
In rural Zambia, less than 5% of households are connected to the electricity grid. Increasing this ratio is critical for the economic development of these populations. According to the International Energy Agency, mini-grid and off-grid systems will provide electricity to up to 70% of those gaining access to electricity in African rural areas by 2040 . Up to now, mini-grids have struggled to grow beyond pilot projects. Today, raising awareness about the main hurdles and learning from successful experiences is imperative in order for mini-grids to make a meaningful contribution to electricity access. ENEA and Practical Action are convinced that building sustainable and scalable business models is the key to strengthen the adoption of mini-grids. Both organizations have worked together to provide a common view on what works and what does not, based on evidence gathered from the field.
2015 , Payen Luc (ENEA), Bordeleau Mathieu (ENEA), Tim Young (Practical Action)
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