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Min-E Access: Minimum Electricity Access .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Min-E Access: Minimum Electricity Access
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  • Submitted by: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Topic: Energy
  • Keywords: Electrification, renewable energy technologies, energy access, rural areas, wind energy, pico PV technologies, electricity for isolated communities, sustainable energy
  • Location: Bolivia; Ethiopia; Nepal; Tanzania; Uganda, Liberia
  • Date of completion: 2015-12-31
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
Deliverable Date
Training of trainers: capacity building of local residents in designated communities in the pilot countries 2013
Fully defined business models for the implementation of the project in the three regions: Asia, Africa and Latin America 2013
Establishment of maintenance and service facilities for the system equipment in each community 2014
Many families in several countries will have electricity systems in place 2015
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
In-kind contribution Funding: to develop methodology, to train the trainers, to import and distribute solar pico systems
In-kind contribution Partners: Energetica; Government of Bolivia (Ministerio de Hidrocarburos y Energia); University of California, Berkeley; Reiner Lemoine Institut; Electriciens Sans Frontieres; Palma Interface; Clean Energy Development Bank; French Environmen
Other, please specify Willing to participate, support, cooperate and contribute: Empower Gernation; Adama Institute of Sustainable Energies; Instituto Tecnologico y de Energias Renovables, S.A.; Solar Age Namibia; Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima; Asantys Systems; SOLU
Financing (in USD) $700,000
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development
Government of Bolivia - Direccion General de Energias Alternativas / Vice Ministerio de Electricidad y
Energias Alternativas
Solar23 (Ethiopia)
Phaesun (Germany)
Phocos (Germany and Bolivia)
University of Applied Sciences, Ulm (Germany)
Solar Age Namibia (Namibia)
Fosera (Thailand)
Energetica (Bolivia)
University of California, Berkeley
Reiner Lemoine Institut
Electriciens Sans Frontieres
Palma Interface
Clean Energy Development Bank
Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Orb Energy
Rural Education and Development, Nepal
Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), Singapore
SESCA: Sté d'Énergie Solaire au Cameroun
GIZ, Germany
Beta engineering, Ethiopia
Ledetco, Ethiopia
ADAMA University, Ethiopia
Menschen fur menschen, Germany
Horn of Africa, NGO, Africa
Description/achievement of initiative
The initiative will provide minimum electricity access to households in rural isolated areas. Min-E Access will cover three basic services: lighting, radio reception, and cell phone charging capability. Most of the financial support required for this partnership will be directed towards the two major blocks that will ensure the sustainability of this initiative: capacity building and entrepreneurship development at the local level. The effort represents the first step towards adequate levels of universal electricity access worldwide. The initiative could empower people with minimum energy necessary to increase education, accelerate the transfer of knowledge, facilitate communication and promote entrepreneurship.
Implementation methodologies
The initiative is being started with a preliminary phase covering six pilot countries in three developing regions: Africa, Asia and Latin America. This effort are part of the national assessments being undertaken for the post Rio+20 programme. As more organizations and donors join the partnership and more resources are available, the programme will be extended to more countries that have significant shares of rural isolated populations without electricity access. Partners will provide capacity building and technology transfer based on entrepreneurship skill development. The pilots will also include capacity development for the maintenance and installation of the systems and will look at issues of upscaling. This preliminary phase will be followed by the first phase designed to allow minimum electricity access to many people by December 2015, coinciding with the Millennium Development Goals timeframe. Technical, human and financial support for the implementation of this first phase is being sought. A long-term successful implementation programme will allow for the second phase to reach a large share of the isolated rural population by 2022. Electricity access represents part of the universal energy access goal of the set of sustainable development goals currently being discussed.

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