Mini-Grid Innovation Lab:
innovating to provide more power,
to more people,
at less cost
Once an innovation is identified for testing, the Lab defines the hypotheses to be tested and metrics to be tracked in a detailed study design. We publish an Innovation Insight sharing the first meaningful results and then a final report at the study’s end evaluating the impact on the business model.
Offers customers appliances on set financing terms to test the impact on a mini-grid’s load, customer consumption, and developers’ revenues.
APPLIANCE FINANCING 1.0
APPLIANCE FINANCING 2.0
APPLIANCE FINANCING 3.0
Introduces Asaga Technologies to supply energy-efficient productive use appliances customized to the African mini-grid market.
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.
CONNECTING BEYOND THE METER
Delivers the full benefits of electrification to customers from day 1, by offering an electricity connection and appliances simultaneously, to test if customers can benefit from more energy services more quickly, and at less cost to the developer.
Offers customers internet connections to test the impact on customer consumption and developers’ revenues.
Tests Wi-Fi-based internet connections served by satellite.
Tests fiber-based internet connections served by the local telecom network.
Tests smart inverters and new battery technologies that allow developers to flexibly and efficiently change a mini-grid’s generation and storage capacity to match demand, thereby optimizing capital expenditure.
INCREASING CAPACITY MODULARLY
EXTENDING REACH MODULARLY
Tests new technologies designed to expand a mini-grid’s reach to serve new productive use customers, at sites where capacity is greater than demand.