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Mini-Grid Tools & Resources – March 2016

Guide to Licensing a Mini-Grid Energy Service Company in Kenya
Produced by the German Climate Technology Initiative and the GIZ Promotion of Solar-Hybrid Mini-Grids Project, this report looks at lessons learned from the application for a power generation and distribution permit for the Kenyan Talek Power Solar Mini-Grid Project.


ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility Booklet

The first edition of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) booklet provides a comprehensive summary of the five clean mini-grids projects that were selected for development for under EREF 2 funding.


Micro-grid Technician Training Program Handbook

The Clean Energy Access Network and Global Sustainable Energy Solutions – India have published a handbook for mini-grid technicians called “Installation, Operation & Maintenance of Solar PV Microgrid Systems”. 


 

Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2016
This report takes stock of what the emerging off-grid solar industry has achieved, looks at the opportunities and challenges facing the sector and assesses the potential of off-grid solar to help achieve universal electricity access.


 

Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Mighty Microgrids Report

This report looks at communities all over the United States as they find ways to break the macro barriers to micro-grids. Attention is focused on how the change from a top-down to bottom-up grid management structure requires major policy barriers to be addressed in order to expand “energy democracy” to customers and producers.


Battery/Diesel Grid-connected Microgrids: A Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities

In this white paper by ABB, AusNet Services, based in Victoria, Australia, examines the company’s investments in the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS), which will likely be part of future microgrid systems. The whitepaper outlines the results of GESS technology over a two-year trial period and discusses the future applications for the demonstrated technology.


 

Microgrid Business Models to Converge in Time

The new report from Navigant Research— Emerging Microgrid Business Models — explores the implications of ten different emerging business models for the microgrid market, thereby “providing insight on the strategies, maturity, and financial opportunities attached to each development pathway.”


Replication and scaling-up of isolated mini-grid type of off-grid interventions in India – study

This study explores the replication and scaling-up of potential of mini-grids in the least electrified states of India by considering a set of evaluation criteria i.e. grid-extension option, renewable energy resource potential, electrification rate, organizational strength, presence or absence of technical support system, and ease of access to banking services.