Decentralized electricity production plays a critical role in providing universal access to energy services. To achieve this goal, national governments may look to integrating mini-grids into their rural electrification planning and policies.

Governments can incorporate mini-grids into rural electrification master plans, rural electrification policies and strategies, national electricity acts and energy policies. This module describes policies that effectively have stimulated private-sector investment in mini-grids, as well as new and evolving methods used to incentivize private investment.

To promote large-scale investment in mini-grids, governments need streamlined licensing regulations that confirm legal status and establish clear options for mini-grid owners if the central grid reaches their service territory. Governments can also provide financial and fiscal incentives to accelerate investment in mini-grids.

How should governments integrate mini-grids into national electrification planning?

Mini-grids are most successful when they have the support of the national government. Read more »

What are the best ways for governments to create an enabling investment climate for mini-grids?

Key elements that enable investment include a rural electrification agency, a regulatory framework, developer incentives, utility-managed programs and community ownership. Read more »

What policies create a supportive investment climate for mini‑grids?

Supportive policies can expand the role of mini-grids in meeting national energy access goals. Read more »

How can policies encourage diesel displacement through renewable energy?

Decreasing the cost of capital and providing technical information and training can promote diesel displacement. Read more »