Advancing mini-grids as drivers of rural development in Africa

Renewable energy technologies have advanced so much in recent years that mini-grid systems based on renewables are now often the most affordable, reliable, and sustainable option for electrifying rural and otherwise hard-to-reach communities. Despite this opportunity, uptake of mini-grid systems at the community, private sector, utility, and hybrid levels remains underwhelming throughout much of Africa. The LEDS Energy Working Group (EWG) and the LEDS African Regional Platform (AfLP) have created a Community of Practice supporting African governments in creating and advancing policies and programs aimed at accelerating energy access and rural development through the application of mini-grid systems. SD Strategies manages the EWG.