Identifying who will own and operate a mini-grid is crucial. Possible owners include governments, public utilities, communities, private businesses or some combination of these actors. Project developers can choose from among many ownership models, each with different benefits and drawbacks. The project’s operating environment often determines which model is best.

This module explores the most common mini-grid ownership models, the settings where each model tends to work best, the pros and cons of each model and the technical training and capacity building that the owners in each model might need.

What ownership models are used for mini-grids?

Communities should play a significant role in planning, and may also play a role in determining the best ownership model and/or operating and maintaining the mini-grid. Read more »

What are the pros and cons of each ownership model?

An assessment helps the mini-grid project developer understand local energy needs, technical expertise and capacity. Read more »

What are the capacity-building needs for each ownership model?

Support can be assessed through public meetings, focus group discussions, surveys and questionnaires. Read more »