Roadmapping Minigrid Innovations for Cost Reduction

Katia Benson, Daniel Zimmerle, Samuel Booth, Ian Baring-Gould

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Electrification of the world's rural regions is a high priority for both the private and public sectors, as it has been linked to economic development, improved education and public health. Minigrid systems, opposed to grid extension, have been identified as the favorable solution for electrification in many cases. However, the life cycle costs of minigrid systems remain too high for widespread implementation. To address this, Colorado State University (CSU) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted a series of 3 workshops to engage a range of minigrid stakeholders to determine common issues underlying the cost of minigrid systems. The series identified numerous areas for further development in technology and business, with equal emphasis on pre-installation, capital/equipment, and operational costs. In addition, the workshop series emphasized the need for better market intelligence and a better understanding of productive use as a means of stimulating energy demand.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2020
Event2019 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) - Seattle, Washington
Duration: 17 Oct 201920 Oct 2019


Conference2019 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
CitySeattle, Washington

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-77148


  • cost reduction
  • minigrids
  • rural development


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