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Title:
 
Business Models for Renewable Energy Based Mini-Grids in Non-Electrified Regions
 
Author(s):
 
E. Gaudchau, A.-K. Gerlach, V. Wasgindt, C. Breyer
 
Keywords:
 
Rural Electrification, Photovoltaic (PV), Minigrid, Business Model
 
Topic:
 
PV - A MAJOR ELECTRICITY SOURCE
Subtopic: PV Business Opportunities
Event: 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6CO.15.1
 
Pages:
 
4535 - 4540
ISBN: 3-936338-33-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/28thEUPVSEC2013-6CO.15.1
 
Price:
 
 
0,00 EUR
 
Document(s): paper, presentation
 

Abstract/Summary:


Access to electricity is a matter of course to most people on earth. Still there are far too many people that do not have the possibility to use electricity either privately or for business. Renewable energy based mini-grids can be a solution for electrifying rural regions. The past has shown that mini-grids can be established through grants but this is no option for the large majority of the 1.3 billion people still not electrified. For guaranteeing sustainable energy supply, business models have to be developed that are profitable for all players involved. This paper demonstrates reasons for failure of mini-grid projects and shows key elements for success of sustainable business models for renewable energy based mini-grids. Finally two examples for existing best practice models are presented: KAÏTO Energie and INENSUS.