Off-Grid Access -Market Assessment

The objective of this assignment in Malawi is mainly twofold :
- assess the market challenges and opportunities for rapid scale up of off-grid Pico-solar products and individual systems (10-200 Wp) in Malawi, as a component of a comprehensive NEP for scaling up electricity access
- review and assess the performance record and experience to date of a representative sample of renewable energy based mini/micro-network grid operations at site-specific operations
Eventually, the consultant must recommend institutional, technical and financial framework option (s) specifically relevant to the Malawi sector context for pico-solar products and individual systems in two markets (market based private supply and delivery chains and deeper real area markets that private sector may not find commercially attractive).
The outputs of this consultancy are intended to provide key stakeholders with market insights and data for their strategic/marketing plans and inform the design and implementation plan for a Lighting Africa program.