Chart: 47 million people are connected to a mini grid


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A mini grid is an electric power generation and distribution system that provides electricity to a localized community. Mini grids will be critical in achieving universal electricity access by 2030. According to a new World Bank report “Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers”, mini grids are often the most economically viable solution for remote areas with high population density and demand and where extending the main grid is prohibitively expensive.

Today, 47 million people are connected to a mini grid.  Afghanistan, Myanmar, India and Nepal have the highest number of mini grids, followed by China, Philippines, Indonesia. Analysis by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) shows that by 2030, nearly half a billion people could be connected to a mini grid. 

Robert Rexford Anim
July 10, 2019

Considering the high cost of extending the main grid to very remote areas, this would be an ideal alternative especially for us in the developing world.

My village in Ghana was connected to the national grid in the early 2000. The community after mine was connected just about four years ago and power is yet to be extended into houses.

This was more than 10years down the line and if this is the pace, it would take us centuries to achieve universal electrification.

I think more (in-terms of materials, cost, feasibility, expertise and training) should be provided by the World Bank to aid the swift adoption of this feasible alternative.

Let’s light the Planet by 2050.

July 10, 2019

Mini-grids are a practical and cost-effective electricity solution for communities that do not have access to the national grid.

July 10, 2019

It is a good idea and good decision of world bank group.

Manuel contijoch
July 10, 2019

Any examples of mini grids in irrigation projects, probably linked tomo I hydros ?

July 10, 2019

I want to be part of the conversation on energy related topics

Dr Patrick Mbum
January 19, 2022

Need more of energy mix and electricity articles