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Off-grid Renewable Energy Systems: Advancing the Enabling Conditions

Off-grid Renewable Energy Systems: Advancing the Enabling Conditions

Towards affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all

Off-grid Renewable Energy Systems: Advancing the Enabling Conditions

Duration: 8 weeks
Effort: 3 hours / week
200 €

Discover what’s needed from a business, financial, policy and planning perspective to boost the deployment of off-grid renewable systems in remote regions of low-income countries.

During this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the market-based models for off-grid electricity, the financial dimensions of such initiatives, the policy and regulatory frameworks of the sector, and the dynamics of supply and demand in energy planning. The course is part of the 'Off-Grid renewable energy' learning bundle, an in-depth programme that will enable you to master the topic.

What will you learn?

On completing this course, you will:

  • Know about the different business models applied to mini-grids and standalone systems in developing countries.
  • Be familiar with various funding mechanisms.
  • Understand the role of policy and regulatory frameworks in scaling up off-grid renewable electricity systems.
  • Know how to apply the principles and tools associated with energy planning in the context of decentralised electrification.
  • Have a network of contacts as well as knowledge sources within and outside the course environment.

How will you learn?

This is an online course designed to maximise impact and flexibility. As long as you have access to the internet, you can pursue your learning anytime, anywhere at the pace and rhythm that works for you. Teaching methods include:

  • 21 video lessons consisting of theory and case studies.
  • Supplementary material for each lesson, including online resources, reports and articles.
  • Forum debates – so that you can exchange ideas with fellow learners.
  • Hangout sessions for the opportunity to exchange knowledge and pose questions to the experts.
  • Assessment consisting of self-evaluation quizzes.

Is it right for you?

The course is aimed at professionals and soon-to-be graduates looking for innovative and proven solutions designed to enable universal access to sustainable energy. Organisations you might be working in include: 

  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Companies committed to socially responsible business in developing countries
  • Research organisations
  • Cooperation agencies looking to identify prospects of off-grid solutions.

Who will teach you?

Maryse Labriet

Director of the MOOC. Faculty Lecturer at the EOI-Madrid. Consultant and researcher on climate change, sustainable energy and energy modelling. Founder of Eneris Consultants, in Spain. 

Grégoire Lena

Renewable Energy Expert, based in France, with in-depth expertise in solar photovoltaic sector and in the design of mini-grids in developing countries. 

Beatriz Maroto

Project Manager on renewable energy and water access at the Foundation Energia sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain and active in more than 20 countries. 

Diego Pérez López

Faculty lecturer at the Technical University of Madrid and work as a freelance Consultant in the field of business models for energy access. 

Andrés González García

Full-time researcher at the IIT-Comillas MIT Universal Access Lab, focused on sustainable electrification models, regulation and planning.

Rana Adib

Research Coordinator at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. Among others, she coordinates the annual production of the Renewables Global Status Report. 

Laura Williamson

Communication and Outreach Manager at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. Among others, she coordinates the development of regional status reports. 

José Gabriel Martín Fernández

Project Manager at ACCIONA Microenergy Foundation in Spain, focused on sustainable access to basic services such as energy and water, in isolated rural areas in developing countries.

Caroline Nijland

General Director of Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in the Netherlands. FRES advances rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa with solar home systems and solar/hybrid mini-grids.

Lucila Izquierdo

President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Energía sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain. Her priority is the sustainability of water and energy access projects. 

Michel Labrousse

Consultant, retired engineer, based in France. Collaborates with Electriciens sans Frontières (Electricians without Borders), a French association providing electricity services to the poor. 

Carlos Sordo

Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager at Practical Action, in United Kingdom. Responsible of managing innovative partnerships providing holistic solutions to energy access problems.

Xoán Fernández García

Principal Executive of the Social Innovation Initiative of Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), a multilateral development bank of Latin America. 

Angel Verastegui

Principal Advisor of the global energy-access programme Energising Development (EnDev) in Peru of the German Development Corporation (GIZ). 

Siten Mandalia

Chief Executive Officer at Solaris Offgrid, a company that develops solar home system software and hardware and deploys them through our own operation in Tanzania and through partners in other regions.

Ignacio Pérez Arriaga

Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA and Professor and Director of the BP Chair on Sustainable Development at Comillas Pontifical University in Spain.

Off-grid renewable energy systems: To advance the enabling conditions

Duration: 8 weeks
Effort: 3 hours

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