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The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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New article: "Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries"

News from WISIONS posted on August 12th, 2014

The article "A cross-sectional review: Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries" written by the WISIONS team has been published in the "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews" journal and is now available online under an OpenAccess license.Read moreMinimize

Access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty in developing countries. In particular, small-scale and community-based renewable energy projects are recognized as important forms of development assistance for reaching the energy poor. However, to date only a few empirical evaluations exist which analyze and compare the impact of these projects on local living conditions and their sustainability ex-post implementation.

To better understand the impacts and the conditions that influence sustainability of these projects, the research presented in this paper evaluated 23 local development projects post implementation. By applying an standardized evaluation design to a cross-sectional sample in terms of renewable energy sources (solarwindbiomasshydro), user needs (electricityfood preparation, lighting, productive uses), community management models, finance mechanisms and geographical locations, the review results provide valuable insights on the underlying conditions that influence the success or failure of these small-scale local energy interventions.

You can access and download the full paper under an OpenAccess license on the ScienceDirect website.