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Microgrids for Rural Electrification: A Critical Review of Best Practices Based on Seven Case Studies

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Daniel Schnitzer, Deepa Shinde Lounsbury, Juan Pablo Carvallo, Ranjit Deshmukh, Jay Apt, Daniel M. Kammen
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This report discusses components—strategic planning, operations, and social context—that explain why twelve particular microgrids were found to thrive or struggle. The seven critical factors discussed include tariff design, tariff collection mechanisms, maintenance and contractor performance, theft management, demand growth, load limits, and local training and institutionalization.