This study was undertaken to identify current practices within the sector involving the use of surveys and their ability to accurately predict customer demand once connected to a micro-grid. Further, best practices are identified for survey use during micro-grid development and operation. Finally, a set of standard survey tools is proposed that can act as a core set of questions that micro-grid developers can use in creating their own surveys.

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A summary of the state of the industry and Kenya’s role as an industry trailblazer.
Kenya shows that the global microgrid market is ready for significant private investment. While challenges still remain – especially around the regulatory framework and aggregation of projects – there are now enough businesses with viable business models to provide early stage, strategic or even crowd investors with commercially attractive opportunities.

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While the interest of policy makers in the nexus between electrification, productive electricity usage and development impacts has been increasing steadily over the last decade, the lack of robust evidence on causal effects of electrification is striking. This joint GIZ-ESMAP study: Productive Use of Energy (PRODUSE) – Measuring Impacts of Electrification on Small and Micro-Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa sets out to improve the understanding of this issue

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Mini-grids for rural electrification in developing countries are growing in popularity but are not yet widely deployed. A key barrier of mini-grid proliferation is the uncertainty in predicting customer electricity consumption, which adds financial risk. Energy-use surveys deployed in the pre-feasibility stage that capture present and aspirational consumption are intended to reduce this uncertainty.

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