Access to mini-grids can provide constant and affordable electricity in remote places where the population density is too low to economically justify connecting a community to the national grid. Essentially mini-grids are independent, decentralised electricity networks that can function separately from a national grid.
Affordable, reliable energy can bring economic opportunity and improve people’s lives.
Mini-grids are electricity generation and distribution grids that can operate outside of a national grid and they make good sense in remote parts of the world where there are too few people to justify the cost of a national grid connection.
Mini-grids may also be designed to connect with a national grid where they are used to maintain the power supply in the case of a central grid failure.
When powered with renewables such as solar, mini-grids are more reliable and cheaper to run than those powered by fossil fuels such as diesel. Plus they’re sustainable too, avoiding air pollution and helping countries in the battle against climate change.