Business model innovation: Electrifying rural areas through mini-grids

Barbara Börner, Claudia Knobloch
Case Studies

The Inclusive Innovation Business Model series showcases the innovative and inclusive solutions that social enterprises have developed to tackle tough development challenges, particularly in service delivery to the poor. Each business model is based on the experiences of several social enterprises from across the globe that have developed similar approaches and strategies to delivery services to the poor or to improve their livelihoods.

The inclusive innovation business model series has been published on the World Bank Group’s Innovation Policy Platform.

Electrifying Rural and Remote Areas through Mini-grids

  • Mini-grids provide decentralized, reliable and efficient electricity, connecting remote communities that lack access to the existing electric grid.
  • Mini-grids bridge the gap between small solar home systems and large grids, offering customers nearly the same service as a grid connection.
  • Customer-friendly payment schemes, including mobile payment, prepaid scratch cards, and smart metering make the systems easy to use and provide back-end information about the use of electricity.