Energy

INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MODELS

Electrifying Rural and Remote Areas through Mini-grids 

HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Mini-grids provide decentralized, reliable and efficient electricity, connecting remote communities that lack access to the existing electric grid. 
  • Mini-grids bridge the gap between small solar home systems and large grids, offering customers nearly the same service as a grid connection. 
  • Customer-friendly payment schemes, including mobile payment, prepaid scratch cards, and smart metering make the systems easy to use and provide back-end information about the use of electricity. 

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Bringing Solar Home Systems to Off-Grid Communities 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • The wide range of solar products and prices increases uptake. 
  • Innovative financing options—including pay-as-you-go and rent-to-own models—increase affordability. 
  • Use of the solar home systems increases evening study hours, reduces fuel collection time, improves health, increases security, gives people more time for socializing and entertainment, and increases savings. 
  • The systems create jobs and increase the incomes of the people who sell, install, and service them.  

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