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Mini-Grids Webinar Series
Renewable energy mini grids are a widely discussed solution for cost-effective and reliable energy access. However, within the mini-grids dialogue micro and mini hydropower (MHP)1 is often overlooked, despite the large number of beneficial projects operating globally, particularly in rural regions of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Many MHP systems originated as water mills that were upgraded to generate electricity (e.g. Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India). Some have transitioned from isolated mini-grids to grid-interconnected systems (e.g. Indonesia and Sri Lanka). As a proven technology with a long track record, micro/mini hydropower is the focus of this webinar series, which will also analyze similarities and differences among the various mini-grid technologies. read more
Each webinar in the series will focus on a distinct and relevant topic, namely Grid-Interconnection, Productive End Use, and Technology Differentiation.
The objectives of this webinar series include:
a) to exchange with practitioners and other experts on the above mentioned key topics (mainly based on case studies)
b) to create awareness on up-to-date developments, barriers and opportunities
c) to strengthen the sector with fruitful exchange on the range of mini-grid technologies
 In this context, micro hydropower refers to <100kW, and mini hydropower refers to 100 - 1000 kW (or 1MW).