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Off-Grid Renewable Energy

Off-Grid Renewable Energy to Create Social Value and Community Development

The green energy revolution is an opportunity to design energy solutions that provide significant additional benefits to communities worldwide. The challenge is to design projects that enable households and businesses to use clean energy to advance a number of sustainable development goals, from improved health, education, economic development, food security, and wellbeing to reduced inequality, pollution, and corruption.

With the support of GCSO, research teams at Arizona State University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are collaborating with companies and non-profits around the globe—including Nepal, the Philippines, Uganda, and Bolivia—to upgrade their capacity to design green energy initiatives with outsized social impact. At the center of the project, participating partners will learn new ways to comprehensively integrate social value creation into the design, construction, and operation of renewable energy projects.

In one year of GCSO funding, this project will scale in three phases:

Phase 1: Work with implementation partners in Nepal, Philippines, Bolivia, and Uganda, to design, implement, and evaluate current and future projects

Phase 2: Identify and recruit implementation partners in additional geographic locations

Phase 3: Create online training and capacity building programs for individuals and organizations that want to bring these ideas to their communities.

GCSO Participants:

Arizona State University (ASU)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Implementing Partners:

Sunbridge Solar Nepal

Solar Solutions Philippines

EnVenture Uganda

Practical Action Bolivia