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.
Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) shows that
Afghanistan, Myanmar, India and Nepal have the highest number of mini grids, followed by China, Philippines, Indonesia. Analysis by the
Deadline: 07-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: IFC seeks to hire the services of a Consulting firm to support harmonization of technical standards and specifications for private or community operating mini-grid systems in Zambia. For the purposes of this engagement, the working definition of a mini-grid is an interconnected electric power distribution system that can operate independent or/and connected to the main grid and contains some local generation. The technical standards and specifications will comprise a set of clearly documented requirements to be satisfied by mini-grid developers and operators in relation to material choice, system design and service level. These specifications should aim to create a common understanding and basis of expectations among developers, operators, regulators and consumers on the various levels of acceptable service delivery including technical, safety, cost and reliability issues. The work will include development of standards and specifications as needed, institutional arrangement recommendations, and implementation support.
Deadline: 17-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC is seeking support on the development of a high-level rural electrification strategy to be delivered to the Government of Togo. The objective of this engagement will be to outline a clear vision and compelling strategy for achieving universal electrification in Togo, with a focus on off-grid systems. In this context, three specific analyses will be undertaken, namely: (i) identification of the high-level market potential for mini-grid and off-grid systems; (ii) articulation of potential business models that would be applicable in the context of Togo, covering private sector-led approaches, public-private partnership approaches, and public sector-led approaches; and (iii) indication of associated financing requirements, both concessional and commercial. This work will largely rely on existing data, specifically the parts of the country that have already been identified as likely to rely on off-grid systems for electrification at the short to medium terms.
The engagement would need to be completed by January 31 2018, and will require fluency in both English and French. Continue reading
Deadline: 01-Aug-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The Objective of this assignment is to prepare the Mini-grid Component of the Rwanda Renewable Energy Fund Project. The mini-grid component is expected to support private sector renewable energy mini-grids to demonstrate that commercially viable mini-grids are able to deliver affordable electricity services to households and enterprises in rural areas.