Performance Monitoring of African Micro-Grids: Good Practices and Operational Data

Xiangkun Li, Edward Baring-Gould, Jonathan Clowes, Peter Weston, Parangat Shukla, Jon Thacker, Arthur Jacquiau-Chamski, Sean Esterly, Samuel Booth

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report investigates the current understanding and use of performance monitoring in the micro-grid sector by developers. It highlights the importance of performance monitoring by providing key performance monitoring indicators and suggesting performance monitoring activities that improve projects and programs. This report also presents the analysis of the performance data of 36 micro-grids currently operating in Africa, in one of the largest such assessments conducted to date within the sector and concludes by recommending potential next steps towards integrating performance monitoring into the micro-grid sector.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages55
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-71767


  • energy access
  • microgrids
  • mini-grids
  • performance monitoring
  • Power Africa
  • quality assurance framework
  • rural energy


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