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Sustainable and Scalable Minigrid Business Model

April 12, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm


The recording of the ASR Talk is now available:

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According to estimates by the mini-grid industry and well-known international organisations, more than 200,000 mini-grids must be deployed in Africa to achieve the goal of universal electricity access in the continent by 2030. Most of the large volume of needed capital must come from private investors. This will only be possible if business models for mini-grids can be defined that are financially viable and can maintain this condition permanently, i.e., if the business models are sustainable. In addition, it is necessary that these business models can be scaled up to the necessary dimension, both in terms of the required financing and the technical and managerial capability of the mini-grid developers to install all the mini-grids identified in the electrification plan.

Following the ASR Online Conference on Sustainable and Scalable Mini-grid Business Models and the ESMAP 7th Mini Grids Action Learning Event, there were some outstanding issues that we wanted to probe into further under the ASR Talk event.

The ASR Talk was a live online event with registered participants, a moderator, one or two discussants, and an expert discussing a particular topic of interest.



Ignacio Perez-Arriaga

Interim Director, African School of Regulation

Guest Speaker

Clemencia Torres de Mästle

Lead for the Global Facility for Mini Grids, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, ESMAP, World Bank


Elias Zigah

Researcher, ASR


Carol Ofafa

Project Associate, ASR

Reading Material

The reading materials below introduce the key topics to be discussed at the ASR TALLK.

Working Paper by Ignacio Perez-Arriaga

Presentation by AMDA

Presentation by Ignacio Perez-Arriaga