Event - Field Research on Energy Access and Mini-Grids in Africa and Central America
Field Research on Energy Access and Mini-Grids in Africa and Central America
Engineering for Change
2021/02/10 6:00 pm CET
Renewable energy mini-grids and Energy Communities play a major role in optimized, long-term energy planning in rural and industrial economies. In low- and middle-income countries, mini-grids may have high potential to provide first-time energy access to remote areas (in service of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7). The Field Study for Mini-Grid Optimization research group at the Sapienza University of Rome conducts case studies on mini-grid development in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. The research group explores solutions to the challenges of scaling up mini-grids in rural underserved communities. Those challenges include financial constraints, uncertain electricity demand, low levels of local technical capacity, limited community engagement, and a lack of policy and regulatory focus on off-grid electrification.