Quality Assurance Framework Implementation Guide for Isolated Community Power Systems

Sean Esterly, Edward Baring-Gould, Chris Greacen, Kari Burman

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This implementation guide is a companion document to the 'Quality Assurance Framework for Mini-Grids' technical report. This document is intended to be used by one of the many stakeholder groups that take part in the implementation of isolated power systems. Although the QAF could be applied to a single system, it was designed primarily to be used within the context of a larger national or regional rural electrification program in which many individual systems are being installed. This guide includes a detailed overview of the Quality Assurance Framework and provides guidance focused on the implementation of the Framework from the perspective of the different stakeholders that are commonly involved in expanding energy development within specific communities or regions. For the successful long-term implementation of a specific rural electrification program using mini-grid systems, six key stakeholders have been identified that are typically engaged, each with a different set of priorities 1. Regulatory agency 2. Governmental ministry 3. System developers 4. Mini-utility 5. Investors 6. Customers/consumers. This document is broken into two distinct sections. The first focuses on the administrative processes in the development and operation of community-based mini-grid programs, while the second focuses on the process around the installation of the mini-grid project itself.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-68634


  • development
  • electrification
  • energy access
  • guide
  • implementation
  • installation
  • mini-grid
  • operation
  • power quality
  • quality assurance framework
  • reliability
  • rural energy
  • standards
  • verification


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