Mini-Grid Innovation Lab:
innovating to provide more power,
to more people,
at less cost

OUR PROTOTYPES

The Lab works with developers to identify, design, and test innovations across Africa. See below for the innovations that are live in the field and those we’re launching soon.

EAST AFRICA

  • Appliance Financing
    • Prototype: APPLIANCE FINANCING
    • Number of Active Sites: 28
    • Number of Connections: 3,406
    • Study Design
  • App.Fin. Productive Use
    • Prototype: APP.FIN. PRODUCTIVE USE
    • Number of Active Sites: *1
    • Number of Connections: 3,038*
    • Study Design
  • Bulk Procurement
    • Prototype: BULK PROCUREMENT
    • Number of Active Sites: 1
    • Number of Connections: 3,038
    • Study Design
  • Grid Competition
    • Prototype: GRID COMPETITION
    • Number of Active Sites: 1
    • Number of Connections: 227
    • Study Design
  • INTERNET
    • Prototype: INTERNET
    • Number of Active Sites: 4
    • Number of Connections: 174*
    • Study Design
  • Metering
    • Prototype: METERING
    • Number of Active Sites: 4
    • Number of Connections: 405
    • Study Design
  • MODULAR GRIDS: INCREASING CAPACITY MODULARLY
    • Prototype: MODULAR GRIDS: INCREASING CAPACITY MODULARLY
    • Number of Active Sites: 4
    • Number of Connections: 405
    • Study Design
  • Tariff Reduction
    • Prototype: TARIFF REDUCTION
    • Number of Active Sites: 3
    • Number of Connections: 339
    • Study Design

ZAMBIA

  • Bulk Procurement
    • Prototype: BULK PROCUREMENT
    • Number of Active Sites: 1
    • Number of Connections: 3,038
    • Study Design
  • Grid Densification
    • Prototype: GRID DENSIFICATION
    • Number of Active Sites: 9
    • Number of Connections: 1,444*
    • Study Design

NIGERIA

  • Appliance Financing
    • Prototype: APPLIANCE FINANCING
    • Number of Active Sites: 28
    • Number of Connections: 3,406
    • Study Design
  • Bulk Procurement
    • Prototype: BULK PROCUREMENT
    • Number of Active Sites: 1
    • Number of Connections: 3,038
    • Study Design
  • Grid Densification
    • Prototype: GRID DENSIFICATION
    • Number of Active Sites: 9
    • Number of Connections: 1,444*
    • Study Design
KEY
  • Identified
  • Selected
  • Study design finalized
  • Operator Agreement signed
  • Active
APPLIANCE FINANCING

Offers customers household appliances, such as TVs, fridges, and speakers, on set financing terms to test the impact on customer consumption and developers’ revenues.

APPLIANCE FINANCING PRODUCTIVE USE

Offers customers productive use appliances, such as grain mills and welders, on set financing terms to test the impact on a mini-grid’s load, customer consumption, and developers’ revenues.

BULK PROCUREMENT

Aggregates developers’ orders for various mini-grid components to negotiate the best deal and procure components in bulk, to test the impact on developers’ capital expenditure.

GRID COMPETITION

Subsidizes a mini-grid’s tariffs to compete with main grid tariffs on sites where the main grid has encroached, to test the impact on customers’ choice in power.

GRID DENSIFICATION

Tests the impact of proactively expanding or saturating a mini-grid’s distribution network beyond initial customer demand on developers’ capital expenditure.

INTERNET

Offers customers Wi-Fi-, satellite-, or fiber-based internet connections to test the impact on customer consumption and developers’ revenues.

METERING

Tests the hardware and software performance of several smart meters to help developers choose the optimal meter for a given site.

MODULAR GRIDS

Tests solutions designed to increasing Capacity Modularly tests solutions designed to incrementally increase a mini-grid’s generation and storage capacity on sites where demand for power exceeds supply, to test the impact on developers’ profitability.

TARIFF REDUCTION

Subsidizes a mini-grid’s tariffs to test the impact on customer consumption and developers’ revenues.