Mozambique Publishes Sub-Regulations for Off-Grid Energy Supply

ARENE releases new set of mini-grid regulations developed in partnership with GET.transform
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Mozambique has released a new set of regulations for scaling access to off-grid energy. The government published the regulations this month as developed and approved by Mozambique’s Energy Regulatory Authority, ARENE. They complement the country’s wider regulatory off-grid framework which had been issued in December of last year and together they create the needed enabling environment for increased development of rural electrification projects off the grid.

The regulations are vital building blocks in Mozambique’s endeavour to increase private sector investment and scale up electrification. GET.transform was grateful to be among the expert partners ARENE selected for developing the framework and sub-regulations.

The current guidelines include tariff regulation for mini-grids and rules that define the terms, conditions and procedures applicable to the interconnection of mini-grids to the national grid. The set also establishes technical and security standards for electrical equipment and regulates the quality of services and commercial relations.

This achievement for Mozambique’s off-grid sector will help to unlock and accelerate energy access through solar systems and mini-grids. Having these robust regulatory conditions will allow businesses to derisk their planning and investment and ultimately contribute to the socio-economic development in the country.