Published on March 6, 2014
Roundtable on Sustainable Power to the People Port Harcourt, Nigeria 5th March 2014 Lessons from the small solar sector: potential synergies for Nigeria Ben Garside Researcher, Sustainable Markets Group International Institute for Environment & Development
Introduction Ben Garside March 2014 • Small-scale energy production is vital and lacks political attention • 55% of new electricity needs to be ‘decentralised’ to meet goals on access for all • There is much to learn from experiences of small-scale. Two key challenges: 1) How to achieve the big challenge of lots of small? 2) How to make sure solutions work and give real benefits? Lessons from the small solar sector 2
Case study 1: ‘Green mini-grids’ – lessons from Nepal, Kenya and Peru • • • Consider technical, economic, social, environmental and institutional dimensions; aim to improve overall development prospects Generate a sense of local responsibility for electricity system and maintenance; separate project management from ownership, with checks and balances Tailor system to local needs, desires and cultural specificities, esp. choice of management model Lessons from the small solar sector Ben Garside March 2014 Reference: Yadoo (2012) 3
Case 1 (cont.) Ben Garside March 2014 • Future-proof systems by including demand growth margins in the original project design; risk analysis • Try to influence the enabling environment (e.g. raise awareness of technologies, train technicians, improve access to finance, engage in policy dialogue) • Engage private sector in partnerships , hybrid models Lessons from the small solar sector 4
Case study 2: The SUNGAS project: community projects in Nigeria • • • Ben Garside March 2014 Challenges of community-based projects: • • • Culture of maintenance lacking Willingness to pay & expectations Negative perceptions of solar products Tailored small-scale models Advocacy and awareness raising flickr/Wayan Vota Lessons from the small solar sector 5
Useful Publications Ben Garside March 2014 • Bellanca R. & Garside B. (2013) An approach to designing energy delivery models that work for people living in poverty, CAFOD & IIED http://pubs.iied.org/16551IIED.html • Wilson, E., Godfrey Wood, R. and Garside, B. (2012) Sustainable energy for all? Linking poor communities to modern energy services, IIED http://pubs.iied.org/16038IIED.html • Yadoo, A. (2012) Delivery Models for Decentralised Rural Electrification: Case studies in Nepal, Peru and Kenya, IIED http://pubs.iied.org/16032IIED.html • Wilson, E. and Garside B (2010) Powering change in low-income energy markets, IIED Opinion Paper http://pubs.iied.org/17093IIED.html • Newsom C (2012) Can renewable energy turn Nigeria's lights on? http://pubs.iied.org/G03519.html • Eleri E et al (2012) Low-carbon energy development in Nigeria. Challenges and opportunities http://pubs.iied.org/G03518.html • Also see the SUNGAS project website: http://www.sungas-nigeria.org Lessons from the small solar sector 6
Thank you for your attention! Ben Garside March 2014 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.iied.org/energy Lessons from the small solar sector 7 Credit: G.M.B. Akash/PANOS
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