Africa Minigrids Program

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About the Africa Minigrids Program

The Africa Minigrids Program (AMP) is a country-led technical assistance program for minigrids, active in an initial 21 African countries and complemented by a ‘regional platform’ acting as the advocacy, coordination and knowledge management hub for the program.

AMP is expressly targeting early-stage minigrid markets, seeking to establish the enabling environment for subsequent private investment at scale. The program’s objective is to support access to clean energy by increasing the financial viability, and promoting scaled up commercial investment, in renewable energy minigrids in Africa, with a focus on cost-reduction levers and innovative business models.

AMP Architecture

Supported Countries

The Program is funded by the United Nations Global Environment Facility (GEF) and led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Africa Mini-Grids Program – Nigeria National Project

The Africa Minigrids Program in Nigeria is designed as an enabler project of the REA’s Energising Agriculture Programme (EAP) which aims to advance one of REA’s strategic priorities of focusing on the unserved and underserved to increase economic opportunities through agriculture and productive sectors in rural communities across the country. This objective is in line with the mandate of the REA to catalyse economic growth and improve quality of life for rural Nigerians.

To enhance the viability of mini-grids and the impact on livelihoods of beneficiaries, the programme will support commercially-oriented business models that are underpinned by cost reduction levers to increase the affordability to renewable electricity, including reducing financing and hardware costs through a de-risking approach. This will be achieved through three outcomes:

AMP Key Outcomes

Thus, the programme will (1) deploy pilot mini-grids to ground-truth the electrification of agricultural value chains and establish the most appropriate solutions and business model(s) for scaling up, and (2) amplify the knowledge with digital support through networking, lessons learnt dissemination, database of potential sites and a roadmap and financing scheme for rapid deployment.

The Africa Minigrids Program (AMP) in Nigeria will contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals:


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