Connection to solar power mini-grid changes fortunes for Busia village labourer

The Sidonge mini grid in Busia involves a small solar power station and wires running short distances to customers’ premises. The Sidonge mini grid with a capacity of 8.5 kW recently received a grant from the AFD-led programme to scale up village electrification in 15 more communities, targeting about 2,000 new connections.

Analysts have flagged trends that appear to be transforming the economics of delivering energy to remote rural customers.

The list includes falling costs of solar equipment and backup storage batteries, internet of things (IoT), which has enabled remote monitoring and servicing as well as mobile money that has ensured flexible payment systems for the unbanked village population.

Read more: EnergySiren



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