Under Construction
Country Sector Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Title Commitment in UA Status Signature Date
Multinational Power Sovereign Multinational - Nigeria-Niger-Benin-Burkina Faso Power Interconnection Project 36,500,000 Implementation
Djibouti Power Sovereign Djibouti – Geothermal Exploration Project in the Lake Assal Region 10,740,000 Implementation
Multinational Power Sovereign Multinational - Projet d’interconnexion électrique Cameroun- Tchad (composante Tchad) 27,500,000 Implementation
Madagascar Power Sovereign Madagascar - Etude de faisabilité du projet de renforcement et d'interconnexion des réseaux de transport d'énergie électrique 1,000,000 Implementation
Multinational Power Sovereign Multinational - 225KV Guinea-Mali Electricity Interconnection Project 30,000,000 Implementation
Multinational Power Sovereign Multinational - 225KV Guinea-Mali Electricity Interconnection Project 30,000,000 Implementation
Mali Power Sovereign Mali - Mini Hydropower Plants and Related Distribution Networks Development Project (PDM-Hydro) 20,000,000 Implementation


10 Oct 2019

Electrifying the Underserved: Collaborative Business Models for Developing Minigrids Under the Grid

Electricity tariffs
Energy Access
Finance and Investment
Regulatory and Governance
Electrifying the Underserved in Nigeria

In Nigeria alone, thousands of rural communities could be best served by undergrid minigrids.

Funded by All On, this report by RMI, Clean Technology Hub, and Energy Markets and Rates Consultants explains how to access this opportunity. Implementing 4,000 undergrid minigrid projects has the potential to save Nigerian distribution companies $30–60 million annually while offering minigrid owners $1 billion in annual revenue and saving communities $170 million in yearly energy expenditures. However, the undergrid minigrid opportunity is a new concept, and exploratory projects are needed to test and refine potential business models.

This report is designed to help stakeholders—including minigrid operators, DisCos, investors, and communities—clearly understand the process of developing an undergrid minigrid project. It articulates four business models that can be implemented under today’s social, political, and economic environment including a minigrid operator-led approach in which a private minigrid operator leads development in consultation across the distribution company and community, a special purpose vehicle (SPV)-led model where the SPV may include distribution company investors, a cooperative-led approach formed by the community to lead minigrid development, and a collaborative SPV-led model where ownership and operation are shared among stakeholders.

Initial proof of concept can allow undergrid minigrids to scale quickly both within Nigeria and globally, wherever utilities are not able to fully serve all customers and distributed energy resources can help provide cost-effective local power.

Download the report below: