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Scaling Up Mini Grids and Small Power Producers in Africa

Rural Africa suffers from a chronic and widespread lack of power. One widely cited estimate is that outside of South Africa, only 14 percent of rural households in the region have access to electricity. A new ESMAP-supported report: From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa, looks at the potential for expanding access to electricity in rural Sub-Saharan Africa using a decentralized approach. This guide focuses on the regulatory and policy decisions that African electricity regulators and policy makers must make to help foster commercially viable small power producers (SPPs) and mini-grids in rural areas.