Microgrids for Rural Electrification

Microgrids for Rural Electrification
Posted: 14 Apr 2014
Authors:
Dan Schnitzer
Juan Pablo Carvallo
Ranjit Deshmukh
Jay Apt and Daniel Kammen
Primary Committee:
IEEE Smart Grid Newsletters
Pages: 5

A study of over a dozen microgrid projects inaugurated by seven developers in three countries sought to determine why some such projects get trapped in vicious cycles of poor maintenance, disappointed customers, insufficient revenue and dysfunctional community support, while others prosper. Seven key factors are identified: tariff design, tariff collection mechanisms, maintenance and contractor performance, theft management, demand growth, load limits and local training and institutionalization.

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