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Nicaragua : sustainable off-grid electricity service delivery mechanisms (English)

Reducing poverty in Nicaragua requires special attention to rural areas because the majority of Nicaragua's poor live in the countryside. Improving access to electricity in those areas is key to economic growth and increased quality of life. In Nicaragua, three quarters of the rural population have no electricity service. About half of the total unserved households can be reached through grid extension, which is done best through the existing and new private distribution companies. However, the majority of households in rural areas are too far away from the existing grid and/or too dispersed to allow for economically viable grid extension. For those households, off grid electrification is a solution. This study provide recommendations regarding the organization of electrification services in two off grid areas and a general financial sensibility analysis of various technical options, providing thus sound pre- feasibility information. The study's scope includes market surveys, stakeholder consultations, identification of micro-business opportunities and social applications made possible by electrification, technical project design and economic analysis, and a financial cash flow analysis to determine the conditions under which the service provision business would be attractive to the private sector.

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  • Author

    Barnes,Douglas French, De Gouvello,Christophe, INEC, Mathieu,Pierre, Sterzinger,George J., Torres,Jose Eddy

  • Document Date

    2001/08/01

  • Document Type

    Working Paper

  • Report Number

    36056

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Nicaragua,

  • Region

    Latin America & Caribbean,

  • Disclosure Date

    2006/05/04

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Nicaragua : sustainable off-grid electricity service delivery mechanisms

  • Keywords

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Barnes,Douglas French De Gouvello,Christophe INEC Mathieu,Pierre Sterzinger,George J. Torres,Jose Eddy

Nicaragua : sustainable off-grid electricity service delivery mechanisms (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/919011468297316582/Nicaragua-sustainable-off-grid-electricity-service-delivery-mechanisms