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From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids by Bernard Tenenbaum,Chris Greacen,Tilak Siyambalapitiya,James

By Bernard Tenenbaum,Chris Greacen,Tilak Siyambalapitiya,James Knuckles

such a lot Sub-Saharan African nations try and advertise rural electrification via either centralized and decentralized ways. This consultant specializes in the decentralized method, delivering sensible suggestions on how small strength manufacturers and mini-grid operators can carry either electrification and renewable power in rural parts. It describes 4 easy varieties of on- and off-grid small strength manufacturers, in addition to numerous hybrid mixtures which are rising in Africa and in different places. The consultant highlights the ground-level regulatory and coverage questions that needs to be responded by means of electrical energy regulators, rural strength companies, and ministries to advertise commercially sustainable investments by means of deepest operators and neighborhood enterprises.

Among the sensible questions addressed is find out how to layout and enforce retail price lists, caliber of carrier criteria, feed-in price lists, and backup price lists. The consultant additionally analyzes the regulatory implementation concerns brought on via donor offers and so-called top-up funds. It offers a primer for nonengineers on interconnection and working criteria for small strength manufacturers hooked up to major grids and remoted mini-grids. It analyzes no matter if the choice of small strength vendors, used largely in Asia, might be hired in Sub-Saharan Africa, and addresses frequently neglected questions: what to do 'when the large grid connects to the little grid' and the way to perform light-handed law. eventually, the consultant considers the edge query of while to control and while to decontrol price lists. a majority of these implementation matters are awarded with particular ground-level thoughts and suggestions instead of simply common pronouncements.

In addition, to make the dialogue extra worthy to practitioners, the consultant offers quite a few real-world examples of profitable and unsuccessful regulatory and coverage activities taken in Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania, in addition to Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. a number of the judgements are inherently debatable simply because they without delay impact the commercial pursuits of traders and shoppers. The consultant highlights instead of hides those real-world controversies through drawing upon candid reviews of key stakeholders—national software managers, mini-grid operators, executive officers, and and consumers.

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