Playing the "Minigrid Game" in Malaysia

One of our most recent SEPS knowledge exchange activities aims to demonstrate a novel approach to building community energy systems in the form of a new minigrid planning tool and process entitled “The Minigrid Game”.

The “Minigrid Game” is a role-playing game built around a representation of a community minigrid system. In the game, players come together to find out their household consumption and make critical energy-related decisions, such as purchasing appliances, managing finances to pay electricity bills on time, setting energy tariffs, and developing a healthy community fund. The game’s software uses networked computers to simulate households, and players interact with the software through a digital user interface.

The first part of this exchange activity led by ENACT was a series of three minigrid planning workshops held in rural villages in Eastern Malaysia, where local residents will played the “Minigrid Game”.

These took place on 17 July in Terian (20 participants), on 18 July in Buayan (30 participants), and on 19 July in Timpaysa (10 participants).

Find more general information on our SEPS project page: Exchange: A Participatory Gaming Approach To Community Energy Planning in Southeast Asia: Spreading Best-Practices on Community Engagement

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