Simulation software for assessing and stimulating electricity demand for solar and hydro mini-grids.
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Over 770 million people worldwide are still without modern energy access, most of whom are in rural and remote locations. Unfortunately, the mini-grid sector currently faces persistent challenges around slow demand growth, low revenue, and misalignment of end-user expectations; resulting in underperforming mini-grids and high uncertainty of project bankability. The absence of effective tools to assess and mitigate demand-side risks is a major impediment to scaling up investment and achieving universal energy access.
Community Energy Toolkit (COMET) is an interactive, simulation-based software for exploring and assessing electricity demand and customer-side risk. COMET is deployed through community-based workshops to generate high-resolution data on end-user demand, appliance usage, and revenue under multiple design scenarios. Investors and project developers use COMET to optimize mini-grid design and comprehensively assess and mitigate demand-side risks to improve system design, save costs, and increase end-user satisfaction and buy-in.
The COMET tool was developed to enable and facilitate the inclusion and participation of rural, underserved communities in the development and implementation of their energy systems. The tool is highly graphical and intuitive and has been successfully deployed in low literacy populations with limited exposure to digital or smart devices.
Increased end-user understanding and awareness (reported) of individual and community energy use, and mini-grid operations and management in 14 communities in Malaysia (1,200 individuals), Myanmar (4,380 individuals), Somaliland (3,760 individuals) and Indonesia (490 individuals).
Planning to expand to Rwanda, Nepal and Uganda in the next six months. Key COMET deployment partners are Hivos Indonesia, Mercy Corps International and Smart Villages.