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Sachi Graber

Senior Associate

Sachi is a former Senior Associate with RMI’s Africa Energy program. The Africa Energy program works to accelerate affordable, reliable, and clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa by working closely with governments to develop robust and integrated national electrification strategies spanning on-grid and off-grid solutions. Sachi’s work with the Africa Energy team currently focuses on off-grid development in Nigeria, where she is helping to identify and expand opportunity for off-grid electricity systems through market analysis, holistic energy planning, minigrid system modeling, and project implementation. The team’s efforts in Nigeria will advise the national government, as well as utilities and off-grid system developers, on strategies for sustainable energy system growth. Sachi has led much of RMI’s work visiting and collecting data from rural communities, evaluating community electrification potential, and developing an undergrid minigrid strategy, and has also contributed to productive use/demand stimulation activities.

BACKGROUND

Prior to joining RMI in 2017, Sachi gained experience in energy systems and in sustainable development through her education and experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her academic research has focused on rural renewable energy systems and development, including publications on solar minigrid policy and implementation in Uttar Pradesh, India. Before returning to graduate school, Sachi worked with the U.S. Peace Corps in Namibia for three years as a math and science education volunteer.

EDUCATION

M.S., Sustainable Systems and Behavior, Education, & Communication, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
B.A., Physics, Grinnell College

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Improving Reliability for Underserved Communities

Innovation in utility business models is more important than ever as underserved rural customers increasingly demand clean, affordable, and reliable electricity service. In one Nigerian community, a new model for optimizing rural supply can provide valuable insights for communities around the globe. In particular, power sector similarities in growing global…

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Community Resilience through Nigeria’s First Undergrid Minigrid

The unbroken hum of the refrigerator keeping medicine cold in the health clinic of Mokoloki community, in Nigeria’s Ogun State, is an unassuming example of collaboration at its finest. A new undergrid minigrid pilot in Mokoloki, which provides stable electricity through a new, sustainable economic and regulatory model, shows…

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Letting Communities Lead

Picture this: Although the year was 2012, many small communities in east India lacked access to modern power; wood fires, kerosene lanterns, and human power were the only ways to get things done. However, the government—specifically, a state-level Energy Development Agency—offered to provide community-scale electrification through a new solar…

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Improving Rural Electricity Service

Download the Report: Improving Rural Electricity Service: Adding Value Under the Grid Traditionally in sub-Saharan Africa, electrification efforts have emphasized the hundreds of millions of people who live off-grid, with no electricity at all. The “formula” for electrification usually includes expanding supply, extending the grid, making…

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Reliable and Affordable Electricity for Nigeria: Growing the Minigrid Market

The vast majority of Nigerians today lack access to reliable and affordable electricity. From factories to schoolrooms, the power situation hampers development throughout Nigeria, especially in rural areas of the country. The Nigerian Economic Summit Group and RMI’s new report, Minigrid Investment Report: Scaling the Nigerian Market, discusses the…