My company is trying to find evidence of the economic impact that results from providing not just renewable energy, but also the agricultural produce processing equipment (APPE) that is needed in remote, off-grid rural communities in the developing world. Why? Because we have found that, despite the fact that we can identify hundreds or thousands of sites where micro hydropower could be installed, that electricity is not going to have maximum impact if the communities we serve have zero electrically-powered equipment with which to make more money, reduce wastage, improve profitability.
The idea of providing those communities with the APPE they need, along with the hydropower, all bundled up in the same finance package, sounds completely sensible in theory. But that's the problem. It's just theory. The private sector investors might like the idea of enabling these remote rural communities to make more money, and thereby make regular payments more likely, but they need evidence.
So can anyone point me to projects where a community, which previously had no electricity and no APPE, was then monitored in its economic activity after electricity and APPE is provided?
If the evidence doesn't exist, I'd like to create a project where we carry out exactly this kind of experiment.
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I'm reading the Power Africa roadmap and it is referring to inferred costs of a connection (the cost for providing enough electricity into the grid so that actual connections get power). On their website they say that their calculation is based on a definition by the WB.
For my work for the European Commission I would like to know how these indeffed costs are calculated. Can anybody assist?
What I did (on my own account) is calculate what large MW plants cost (hydro, solar etc), what the high voltage lines cost per km, distribution grids etc and added that all up, taking maximum expected loads etc into account. So I wonder what kind of calculations are made by the WB.
If anyone could elaborate on that, please.
Many African rural communities face profound daily challenges such as access to basic health services, access to clean water, poverty alleviation and food security. Access to electricity and telecommunications can improve GDP, as noted in many publication on the impact of the Mobile Economy and Access to Energy. However, with limited resources to address the most basic needs, rural communities use natural resources for fundamental personal human requirements such as cooking and heating. Adopting a "paying culture" to have access to electricity for many of these communities will require broad stakeholder involvement and substantial social investment. Only 28 percent of Africa's rural communities have currently access to power. There is a massive 70% deficit or more than 600 million people without power in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Half of the year they remain unused though each systems are very expensive to afford
During the monsoon we would like to use them for households or other purposes
Tie them into Nanogrids or minigrids
Make the system intelligent
Delhi-based solar consultancy Bridge to India has blogged a very interesting and honest critique of India's new solar "entrepreneurship" scheme. Check out: http://goo.gl/ZsJlCO Are there similar schemes in other energy-poor countries? If so, would be interested in how they have fared over time?
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To complement the overwhelming focus on lighting, phone charging and other consumer-focused low power end uses that currently constitutes the off-grid solar industry now, we have developed a range of solar agro-processing mills as community-scale infrastructure that can help women save hundreds of hours of manual labour and do something more productive with their time. A short video showing some of these mills, a solar corn sheller and flour mill, can be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS60hV7QV0s&feature=youtu.be
This solar mill can also be used as the base of a solar minigrid or solar charging station to provide non-milling services as well.
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