Minigrid Sandbox

Veritas Engagements

Verita's Engagements

Mini-Grid Development for ACC Horticulture Sites

Veritas is leading the development of off-grid mini-grids investment for ACC horticulture sites, the scale-up of these pilots, and the development of additional productive use of energy opportunities across the horticulture sector. 

Distributed Renewable Energy - Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) – Technical Assistance and Pilot Development

Veritas has been engaged by the Rockefeller Foundation since 2020 to lead the project coordination of Ethiopia’s Distributed Renewable Energy – Agricultural Modalities (DREAM) project. Building on Veritas’ previous market diagnostics, the project will pilot nine renewable energy mini-grids and irrigation systems for horticulture Agriculture Commercial Cluster sites. The engagement broadly includes technical, strategic, and coordination support for pilot activities as well as validation activities for the scale-up. 

Irrigation Productive Use Assessment For Mini-Grids - Technical Assistance

This work builds upon a planned commercial investment in solar mini-grids to transition from diesel pumps for smallholder farmers engaged in horticulture production. The specific engagement consists of ascertaining appropriate irrigation ownership and operation models, defining legal parameters for mini- grid investment in Ethiopia, and reviewing all project components from a macro/interdependency level, and identifying how the various components tie in operationally.

Mini-grid productive use assessment

Veritas Consulting was engaged by the German government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) and SouthSouthNorth (SSN) to support the Government of Ethiopia via the Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE) to establish an investment-friendly environment and attract private capital to the renewable energy sector, with a focus on rural mini-grids. Veritas Consulting was engaged through SSN to undertake research and deliver discrete work outputs to support the objectives of the program.

Mini-Grid Investment Module Development

The assessment was conducted by interviewing about 20 women entrepreneurs in the ACC sites who are negatively disfranchised by the absence of electricity. This has led to Veritas working alongside the Rockefeller Foundation to design intermediating entrepreneurship opportunities for rural women at the pilot mini-grid sites. 

Accelerated Distributed Energy and Lighting in Ethiopia
(World Bank – ADELE)

The objective of this project was to support the preparation of a pipeline lending project in Ethiopia – the World Bank’s Accelerated Distributed Energy and Lighting in Ethiopia (ADELE), and specifically to support the preparation of a long list of potential mini-grid sites to be financed under the program identifying potential opportunities for financing and growing the market for standalone solar for productive uses through the program’s credit line and result-based financing facility.