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As national grid extension costs rise, a growing space for minigrids emerges over off-grid or grid solutions. Small-to-medium size settlements with average economic capacity and high distances-to-grid offer a strong argument for mini-grid solutions

Energy from Community Roots in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr Jon Cloke writes on the decentralization argument for energy access, implementation challenges, and justice in energy transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa The global energy crisis between 2019-2021 has worsened energy access in Africa – it has been estimated that the population of SSA without electricity will increase by 11% to 2030 (Butu et al, 2021). […]

A photo of the Mpanta mini-grid solar array, showing ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels.

Mpanta Solar PV Project in Zambia

In our latest blog, Nandi Mbazima writes on the Mpanta solar mini-grid project in Zambia. As the first community-based renewable mini-grid developed in Zambia, the Mpanta Solar PV Project was developed as a demonstration project to showcase a viable inclusive governance scheme that can provide and sustain electricity to a rural community. While the community project […]

Share of renewable energy in Lesotho's total final energy consumption from 1990 to 2015. Renewables share peaks at 57% in 2000 before falling to 52% in 2015.

Lesotho’s Renewable Energy Opportunities

Dr Moeketsi Kali writes on the current situation and potential for renewable energy developments in Lesotho. Lesotho’s leading renewable energy generation is state-owned and managed by Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC). The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) generates electricity, and LEC transmits and distributes it across the country. In addition to hydro, LEC manages a mini-grid […]

An image of the Anchor-based Mini-Grid System Model. Three concentric rings, with the out ring being "community", captioned as "surrounding local communities"; the middle ring being "business", captioned as "SMEs with larger load than surrounding communities, and the inner ring being "Anchor", captioned as "large, creditworthy consumer with constant, reliable demand e.g. telecom; mine; agro-processing industry"

The Anchor based mini-Grid System Model

As a doctoral researcher exploring the social and political dimensions of rural electrification systems, there is a principal alignment between my own research intentions and the “Energy Democracy and the Politics of Energy Transition in African Countries” (Energy Democracy) project. This is captured in an acknowledgement of the value placed on local community inclusion in […]

Aerial image of a run-of-river style hydroelectric plant. The main river body extends to the left of the image over some forested rapids, with a straight causeway on the right leading to the hydroelectric plant.

Electricity and Energy Transition in Nigeria

Have you ever wondered why it proves so difficult to address energy infrastructure challenges within developing African country contexts? What shapes energy systems development and the kind of energy infrastructure we end up with within developing country contexts? The book on Electricity and Energy transition in Nigeria provides readers with a detailed account of the […]

A person's hands typing on a laptop, with a word processor open on the laptop, and a desktop monitor in the background

Introduction to the ENR-Demos blog

ENR-Demos – Energy democracy and the politics of energy transition in African countries is a UKRI GCRF-funded project (Grant No. ES/T006285/1) that aims to investigate what could mean energy democracy in the context of sub-Saharan African countries. The research deals with the political implications of energy transition in terms of greater participation of the civil […]