New Energy Access Reports – November 2015

Heat Light and Power for Refugees: Saving Lives, Reducing Costs, Moving Energy Initiative

Like everyone else around the world, refugees and displaced people need energy for light, heat, cooling, communication and mobility. MEI’s flagship report zooms in on their energy needs and use worldwide, and presents the first ever estimates of the volume and costs of energy used in situations of forced displacement worldwide. The evidence strongly suggests the need for an overhaul in the way that energy is managed within the humanitarian sector and shows how new approaches could benefit refugees and displaced people, host country communities and the environment.

Market Evolution of Off-Grid Lighting in Three Kenyan Towns, Lighting Global

For the past six years researchers affiliated with Lighting Africa have been visiting the towns of Kericho, Brooke, and Talek in Kenya to observe trends in the off-grid lighting market. Starting in 2009, the initial market survey provided a baseline for the types of off-grid lighting products that were available in an urban, a peri-urban, and an off-grid market. The team returned in 2012 and 2014 to survey all three towns again and observe shifts in lighting technologies and power sources, product sales and revenues, and retailer demographics. The report presents their key findings.

Renewable Energy in Latin America 2015: An Overview of Policies, IRENA

The report identifies and summarizes over 300 policies for renewable energy in Latin America, including specific information on over 50 renewable energy auctions, 35 renewable energy targets, 28 renewable energy funds, biofuel mandates in 10 countries, national programs, fiscal incentives, grid access provisions, local content requirements, net metering, rural energy access and environmental regulations. Country Briefs for Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, GuyanaMexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, SurinameUruguay, and Venezuela, complement the report. The country briefs describe in detail national support for renewable energy in the electricity, transport, and heat sectors, as well as for energy access. Full legal references and/or hyperlinks to official sites are provided for all policies in each country. 

 Opportunities For Agri-Food Chains To Become Energy-Smart, Powering Agriculture

This study aims to provide detailed data on the energy requirements, and possible clean-energy solutions, along three agricultural value chains—milk/dairy, rice and vegetables—to support the design of a development framework that increases the productivity and value generated in rural areas. This report aims to assist actors along the value chains, policy makers and other stakeholders in the agri-food industry to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels, reduce related greenhouse gas emissions, and become more resilient to possible future climate change impacts.

Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Assessment and Report, WorldWatch Institute

Submitted to the Energy Unit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with input from all 15 member countries and support from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the report is a first-of-its-kind regional assessment of the existing energy situation in the Caribbean. It suggests ambitious targets for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate mitigation and outlines concrete steps for how they can be achieved.


Solar-hybrid mini-grids produce electrical energy through a mix of solar and any other resource — such as a renewable resource like wind, or a fossil fuel like diesel used as a back-up. This site selection criteria handbook was developed with flexibility in mind, and can be used as a guideline by all actors in the energy sector to perform a site selection analysis for any mini-grid project, by carefully selecting the appropriate parameters that apply to their own areas of implementation.

Roadmap to achieve 24×7 Power for All in Karnataka by 2020, SELCO Foundation, CSTEP and KERC

This report details the roadmap for achieving 24/7 power in Karnataka, in congruence with Selco Foundation’s ongoing work on energy access mapping.

The Lighting Transition in Africa – From Kerosene to LED, Bensch, G. et al.

This paper shows that in recent years a transition has taken place in rural Africa: without any external support from governmental or non-governmental organizations people have replaced kerosene lamps and candles through LED lamps, which are mostly powered by dry-cell batteries. LED lamps provide brighter and cleaner lighting than traditional lamps. The downside of this massive increase of LED usage is a soaring consumption of dry-cell batteries. An effective waste management system is urgently needed.


This paper addresses the need for reliable energy access for businesses to enable the productive use of clean energies. Energy security from private sector perspective means that present and future access to energy is guaranteed at affordable prices. It focuses on the benefits of Productive Use of Renewable Energy (“PURE”), highlights lessons learnt and challenges, and formulates recommendations to stimulate its spread and better realize its potential.

The Value of Engaging Women in the Energy Provisioning Process, UK AID, Shramik Bharti, TERI

This case study exhibits how engaging women in the energy provisioning process creates an empowerment opportunity through enterprise and skill development, and disintegrates gender stereotypical roles to enable positive societal transformations.

Local Manufacturing Potential for Solar Technology Components in Egypt, ESMAP

This study focuses on Egypt’s business potential from four main perspectives: production factors, demand factors, risk factors and business support factors. The purpose of the study is to identify the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of the industry context as well as the threats to it.