Business - Sharing Value? Graham Ault Workshop

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Business - Sharing Value? Graham Ault Workshop

  1. 1. Renewable energy – potentials for collaborations Graham Ault NIDOS Business Sharing Value? Scottish business and international development 20th September 2011 www.nidos.org.uk
  2. 2. Context and Overview: African view• Energy underpins Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)• Real need for sustainable energy solutions in developing countries• Off-grid energy development short-cuts grid extension• Need for demonstrated ‘sustainable models’ for off-grid energy development to address poor record of success in off-grid power• Commercial approaches to energy development provide enhanced sustainability potential – institutional and policy frameworks support this but are not wholly effective• Recent Scottish Government study identifies several possibilities
  3. 3. Identified challenges to sustainability forenergy projects in rural African communities• Issues with finance, knowledge, support networks and governance/accountability• Lack of consideration of whole lifecycle of installations• Technology that does not meet local energy requirements• Under-estimation of ongoing support requirements• Failure to understand the financial capacity of locals• Failure to understand the commercial possibilities of locals
  4. 4. Business contributions to energy development?• Local manufacture and assembly of energy devices• Energy built into small-scale commercial enterprise• Network of distributors for energy technology• Income generating activity using local small-scale energy production• Micro-finance and grant administration for community renewable energy• Renewable energy and climate change policy expertise to support GoM• Wind power expertise for resource and feasibility assessment• Entrepreneurship possibilities for locally generated energy IP• Community development support, advice and networking

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