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Mini grids for half a billion people: Market outlook and handbook for decision makers

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Mini grids for half a billion people: Market outlook and handbook for decision makers

This report shows that about half a billion people can be cost-effectively provided with electricity through mini grids. The combination of falling costs, dramatic increase in the quality of service and favorable enabling environments have made modern mini grids a scalable option to complement grid extension and solar home systems. The report takes stock of the global mini grid market and industry, analyzes in detail the solar-hybrid mini grid costs and technological innovations, shows the importance of introducing income-generating machinery and micro-finance early in the planning process and provides policy makers, investors and developers with insights on how mini grids can be scaled up.