Off-Grid Energy: Assessment and Implementation

Mercy Corps' Sory Mariko discussing the energy needs with community leaders in the village of Tiby, Mali.

Young man with solar panel in Dioro, Mali. 

Field assistant and translator Imane Khyati (left) demonstrates a solar lantern to a Babuander resident in his off-grid home.

The need for off-grid energy solutions

Roughly 1.3 billion people lack access to modern energy services such as affordable and reliable heating, cooking, mechanical power, transportation, lighting, and telecommunications services. Energy access is essential for providing clean water and sanitation, increasing productivity, promoting economic development, improving health, reducing poverty, and protecting the environment.

The D-Lab Off-Grid Energy Roadmap

D-Lab views organizations with a local presence as powerful agents of change well positioned to select and implement the solutions to meet the energy needs of their community. In support of local organizations seeking to increase energy access in their own communities, we have developed The D-Lab Off-Grid Energy Roadmap. Currently, D-Lab is continuing to develop and refine each component of the roadmap through testing in partnership with organizations based in off­-grid communities, such as civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments, and small businesses. 

The ultimate goal is to create a set of publicly available resources that provide structured guidance for organizations to develop programs for increasing off-grid energy access with minimal external support. This cost-effective, scalable, and locally-driven approach is positioned as an alternative to externally driven, top-down assessment and program design approaches.

The steps along The D-Lab Off-Grid Energy Roadmap: 

Learn more about each of the steps

Off-Grid Energy Resources Page 

A curated list of selected resources related to the off-grid energy sector.