Delivering off-grid electricity systems in the Brazilian Amazon
2012 (English)In: Energy for Sustainable Development, ISSN 0973-0826, Vol. 16, no 2, 155-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In Brazil, more than 14 million people have benefited from the rural electrification program Luz Para Todos (LPT – Light for all), mainly through grid-extension. A new off-grid model is now required if remote areas in the Amazon region are to fully benefit from the program. In this paper, we explore the institutional and financial schemes that support LPT and their suitability for delivering off-grid solutions in the Amazon region. Our conclusions draw attention to the need for more local and site specific solutions, and new regulatory frameworks to allow the participation of new actors. We argue that the uniqueness of the Amazon region justifies renewable technologies focused on local needs and potential, adaptation of the LPT institutional framework and rethinking of funding channels. An off-grid approach will enhance the inclusion of remote areas in universal access goals while adjustments will help guarantee the sustainability of the electrification program.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 16, no 2, 155-167 p.
Universal electricity access, Isolated communities, off-grid solutions
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-78013DOI: 10.1016/j.esd.2012.01.007ISI: 000305671600003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862000518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-78013DiVA: diva2:492281
QC 201506262012-02-072012-02-072015-06-26Bibliographically approved