Harmonising Mini-Grid Regulation in Africa

AFUR and GET.transform jointly work on best practice off-grid frameworks for the continent
solar energy in Kenya, Africa
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Mini-grids have become a major focus for many African states as a means to drive rural electrification. Recognising regulation as a prerequisite for successful deployment, the African Forum of Utility Regulators (AFUR) has joined forces with GET.transform to enhance and harmonise off-grid regulatory frameworks across the continent. GET.transform informs the regional policy dialogue by sharing best practices from the programme’s extensive country-level regulatory support.

First insights from the collaboration have now become available on the AFUR website in French and English. The presentations provide summaries of the teams’ discussions on technical standards for mini-grids and the key design factors to make them affordable, safe, and reliable. Attention was also given to digital tools and their impact on the implementation of electrification planning and regulations.

Later this year, the partnership will publish a first set of African Model Mini Grid Regulations. The knowledge products will talk to mini grid quality of service, construction and design guidelines as well as main grid interconnection.

Further resources and peer exchanges will be enabled through a series of online seminars which kicked off in January 2023. Stay tuned for new dates!