IEEE Working Group on Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities IEEE



Eternal Light: Ingredients for Sustainable Off-Grid Energy Development

  • Sustainability has been famously defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. While elegant in its conceptual simplicity, this definition is often not the most useful one to practitioners, especially those working in the area of energy deployment in developing communities. The sustainability of small-scale, off-grid energy systems that appear to fit this definition neatly cannot, in fact, be taken for granted. And sustainability is key: it can mean the difference between prolonged poverty and transformational prosperity for the 1.2 billion people around the world who lack electricity, some 85% of them in rural areas.
  • Citation: Louie, H., Dauenhauer, P., Wilson, M., Zomers, A., & Mutale, J. (2014). Eternal light: Ingredients for sustainable off-grid energy development. IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, 12(4), 70-78.

Studies in Empowerment: Approaches to Rural Electrification Worldwide

  • According to the World Bank, there are about 1.2 billion people who do not have access to electricity, most of them in rural and remote areas in the developing world. Developed nations faced a similar challenge to improve electricity access at the turn of the last century. Electricity access, especially in rural areas, is therefore a global challenge that has to be addressed by most countries at one point or another. Many developing nations, together with numerous aid agencies and support from developed nations, are working today to solve the technical, institutional, and educational dimensions of this challenge. In this article, the experiences of three broadly different countries?the United States, India, and Zambia?are described, illustrating approaches that have been or are being taken to overcome the electrification challenge.
  • Citation: Rudnick, H., Mutale, J., Chattopadhyay, D., & Saint, R. (2014). Studies in empowerment: Approaches to rural electrification worldwide. IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, 12(4), 35-41.