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Guide to Energy Options for Small-Scale Rural ICT Projects

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Contributors: Jean Brennan
Winrock International 2004 In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment for non-profit research and educational purposes only.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are contributing to the achievement of development goals in diverse and ever-expanding ways. They are used to increase the effectiveness and reach of development interventions, to enhance good governance and to lower the delivery costs of many public and private services. When used appropriately, ICTs facilitate the creation and strengthening of new economic and social networks with the potential to advance and even transform the development process. This guide addresses the challenge of meeting the small-scale energy needs of ICT installations in rural and remote areas where there is insufficient access to high-quality, reliable electricity to meet the needs of the ICT installation. Compared to the use of ICTs in developed countries, the economics of ICT ownership are very different when there is no readily available supply of high-quality electricity, as in the following cases: (1) There is no access to the grid at the desired location and grid extension is unaffordable or unavailable; (2) Access to electricity is intermittent or unreliable, as with community diesel generators operated only in the evenings and electricity grids with frequent and long-lasting outages; and (3) Electricity is available but is characterized by extremely poor quality. This guidebook is based in part on previous works including: Energía Fotovoltaica en la Educación A Distancia: Guía Técnica, published by Sandia National Labs and New Mexico State University for USAID and USDOE in August 2001; and Rural Energy & Connectivity Initiative, produced by Winrock International for the Organization of American States (OAS) in 2002.

Author(s): Jean Brennan

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