From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa

The guide highlights the ground-level regulatory and policy questions that must be answered by electricity regulators, rural energy agencies, and ministries to promote commercially sustainable investments by private operators and community organizations. Among the practical questions addressed is how to design and implement retail tariffs, quality of service standards, feed-in tariffs, and backup tariffs. The guide also analyzes the regulatory implementation issues triggered by donor grants and so-called top-up payments.

Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers

The report is the most comprehensive study on mini grids to date. It takes stock of the global mini grid market and industry; analyzes in detail the solar-hybrid mini grid costs and technological innovations; shows the importance of introducing income-generating machinery and micro-finance early in the planning process; and provides policy makers, investors and developers with insights on how mini grids can be scaled up.

Engaging the Private Sector in Liberia's Electricity Future

With the assistance of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Government of Liberia awarded a five-year management contract for the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) of Canada in 2010. With the support of donors, including USAID, Norway, the World Bank and the European Union, the contract aims to rebuild the electricity system in Monrovia and significantly expand access to electricity while improving the operational and financial performance of LEC.

Multi-Utilities and Access: Can Private Multi-Utilities Help Expand Service to Rural Areas?

In 1997 Gabon awarded the first real concession in Africa , under a contract that introduced coverage targets for expanding service to previously unconnected rural areas. SEEG, the new concessionaire, offers both water and electricity service, with the electricity business cross-subsidizing the less developed water business. Five years on, the concessionaire has performed well in established service areas, often exceeding targets, but has made less progress in more isolated areas.

Gabon: Société d’Energie et d’Eau

In 1997, Gabon privatized its electricity and water utility, Société d’Energie et d’Eau du Gabon (SEEG). The transaction was the continent’s first privatization of a water and elec- tricity utility involving full commitment for future investment, and the first full concession in Sub-Saharan Africa under a contract that introduced coverage targets for expanding service to previously unconnected rural areas. IFC was the lead advisor to the government in this transaction.

Lessons from the Independent Private Power Experience in Pakistan

Pakistan’s first private power project, the Hub Power Project, and its subsequent 1994 private power policy – both supported by the World Bank – were lauded by the international investment community. Pakistan succeeded in attracting over $5 billion in investment and contracting about 4,500 megawatts of private generation in record time. However, macroeconomic instability in the country and financial problems in the power utility revealed some of the shortcomings in the policy and its implementation.

Partnerships IQ: Rooftop Solar PPPs - Lessons from Gujarat Solar

A visitor to gandhinagar, capital of the Indian state of gujarat, is likely to notice the glint of the sun reflecting off solar panels on the city’s rooftops. some of these solar panels sit atop schools, others on hospitals. Many are perched on residential buildings. altogether, the panels generate about 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity, providing better access to power for an estimated 10,000 people.