Off-Grid Energy Roadmap

Implementation of Programs to Increase Energy Access

In order to have a lasting impact by delivering life-improving technologies, we look to catalyze market based solutions for delivering energy products and services in a scalable and sustainable process.

Our approaches for achieving this goal include convening stakeholders (private sector, governments, and civil society organizations) and working with implementing organizations to design and conduct programs that bring modern energy services to market. 

Off-Grid Energy Market Deployment Projects:

Mercy Corp's Sory Mariko inspecting efficient cookstoves in Gao, Mali

ENERGY PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION THROUGH ENTREPRENEUR NETWORKS (Mali, 2016)

Project description: In January of 2016, Mercy Corps purchased 100 efficient cookstoves from Projects Solidaires Mali and transported them to Ansongo, a town in the Gao region of Mali. Mercy Corps' team conducted a demonstration of the efficient cookstoves to a group of 12 entrepreneurs who expressed interest in selling the stoves. Mercy Corps arranged a financing program to allow for the cost of the stove (~$20). All of the 100 stoves were sold within 2 weeks, and all of the customers repaid the cost of the stove over a period of four months. Mercy Corps is currently working with Projects Solidaires Mali to increase this program, and ultimately to setup a facility to locally manufacture efficient cookstove in the Gao or Tombouctou regions. Mercy Corps is also working with Total Mali to connect them with the same network of entrepreneurs to sell solar lighting products in northern Mali, where Total currently does not have a distribution network.

Read more about the Off-Grid Energy Group's work with Mercy Corps in Mali

ASAPROSAR staff Geovany Moreno demonstrating a solar lantern to resident of El Sauce. 

SOLAR LANTERN DISTRIBUTION (El Salvador, 2015-2016)

Project description: In the spring of 2015, the D-Lab: Energy class and the Off-Grid Energy Group began working with ASAPROSAR to identify technologies to increasing energy independence in the off grid village El Sauce, El Salvador. Based on D-Lab's recommendations, ASAPROSAR conducted user testing by giving households a solar lantern to test for two weeks (two lanterns were rotated throughout the community for 3 months). After receiving positive feedback and reported williningess to purchase the lanterns from the residents of El Sauce, ASAPROSAR began planning a microfinancing and distribution plan through connections to a local women's group. Students D-Lab classes will check in on the progress and impact of the products on the community during their regular trips to El Salvador. 

Read more about the Off-Grid Energy Group's work with ASAPROSAR in EL Salvador 

 

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Megha Hegde demonstrates the d.light S300 to women in Morocco. 

MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS AND SOLAR LANTERN DISTRIBUTION (Morocco, 2016)

Project description: D-Lab's Off-Grid Energy Group conducted field evalautions that indicate a market for solar lighting products among off-grid rural households in Morocco. For the current phase of this project D-Lab is partnering with TOTAL Maroc, al Amana Microfinaince, and several local retail shops to sell 400 solar lanterns over a period of six months in three communities in rural Morocco. TOTAL Maroc imported the solar lanterns and maintains a stock point in Fez, Morocco. Local retailers purchase the products form TOTAL Maroc and sell them to end-users in the Taounate provence, north of Fez. Al Amana promotes the products to their clients and potential entrepreneurs who may be interested in selling the solar lanterns at souks. D-Lab is monitoring this pilot phase in order to evaluate if there is a viable market to sustainably sell solar lanterns on a larger scale. 

Read more about the Off-Grid Energy Group's work with Microfinance Institutions in Morocco