The recently released study finds that the poorest of the poor often pay the highest rates for basic electricity services, and regulation of off-grid markets is needed. This report, the product of collaboration between WRI and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis compares the benefits of electricity service to households and small enterprises from microgrids, solar home systems (SHS), and the national grid in select rural communities in India and Nepal. It is one of the first efforts to quantify and assess the performance of decentralized solutions in terms of reliability, affordability and development impacts.

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