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Kelly Carlin

  • Global South

Kelly is a Manager for RMI’s Global South program. In this role he leads off-grid energy planning for governments in sub-Saharan Africa in close coordination with development partners and private sector solar home system and minigrid companies. Kelly has also worked on consumer mobile applications as a strategy for reducing traffic congestion and energy use in RMI’s Transportation practice.


Prior to joining RMI’s Research & Collaboration program, Kelly was the COO at Bandwagon, a taxi-sharing software startup based in New York City. While at Bandwagon, Kelly led business development and operations. With the CEO, he secured over $1MM in grant funding from NYSERDA and Verizon Communications. Kelly has also worked as a wilderness instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and other wilderness education programs, leading expeditions in Alaska and the Canadian Arctic.


Carleton College, B.A. in English. Prior studies at Deep Springs College.


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Minigrids in the Money

In sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of millions of people (about 65 percent of the population) live in communities that lack access to electricity. As a key enabler of economic development, the lack of energy access stymies broader efforts to grow local wealth and improve quality of life. Understandably, to address this…


Growing the Minigrid Market in Sub-Saharan Africa

Download the report Energy Within Reach: Growing the Minigrid Market in sub-Saharan Africa here. Businesses lining the rusty red dirt road of the commercial thoroughfare of Segbwema in Sierra Leone (pronounced shuh-BOY-ma) sell cold Coca-Cola and local ginger ale, their dry goods in the front of…


Accelerating Sustainable Electricity Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

A team from Rocky Mountain Institute is working in sub-Saharan Africa to address barriers to sustainable electricity access. Since September of last year, we have been working with an African government to find ways to achieve ambitious electricity access targets using a combination of on- and off-grid resources. Although providing…