Implementation strategies for renewable energy services in low-income, rural areas, 2013.
World Resources Institute.
This issue brief is the first in a series of three that focus on expanding the delivery of affordable, renewable energy in developing countries. It describes the core business strategies employed by a group of socially oriented energy enterprises and organizations working to provide distributed, renewable energy services to low-income, rural communities and provides examples of how these strategies were implemented.
The enterprises and organizations described here promote the social, economic, and environmental benefits of delivering clean energy services to individuals and communities that are not well served by traditional energy providers. Their business models combine social and environmental objectives with entrepreneurship. Although these enterprises function across different countries and contexts, they are characterized by a common focus on clean, affordable, accessible, and scalable energy solutions. Millions of underserved people in 11 countries around the world have benefited from the work of the enterprises highlighted here.