Portfolio Learning

Decentralised Utilities: Bridging the gap

Overhead image of solar plant and African village in background

To date, minigrids and decentralised utilities are reaching only a fraction of a percent (0.2%) of households with energy access in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the first of a series of reports on the potential of decentralised utilities to bring in a new era in energy access, this SF report looks at the last ten years of evolution for the mini-grid sector into a more mature, decentralised utility model, and explores the technological innovation, cost reduction and sector coordination needed to scale the sector and help solve the energy gap in emerging markets.

Read the report [pdf, 443kb]