Guideline to Introducing Quality Renewable Energy Technician Training Programs

April 2017, Geoff Stapleton

This document is intended as a guide for The Renewable Energy Industry, Multi-Lateral and Bi-Lateral Donors and Government Ministries/Departments that want to introduce competency based quality renewable training programs for technicians into a country or region.

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User Guide Monitoring PV Diesel Hybrid Systems

2016/02/02, 2.2 MB, Caroline Bastholm

This simple monitoring and evaluation guideline for PV-diesel hybrid systems allows operators to understand if their system is operated in a way that ensures long lifetime (e.g. extending the battery lifetime for several years). It gives suggestions on how to act if there are signs of unfavourable use or failure.

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PV for Rural Health Facilities in Developing Countries

2015/03/13, 1.3 MB, Adnan Al-Akori (Fraunhofer ISE)

This report outlines a technical overview towards deployment of PV systems for rural health facilities in developing areas. The demand and supply of energy in health facilities is analyzed, and international standards are presented. Technical and economic aspects of different power generation options are discussed.


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Innovative Business Models for PV in Emerging Countries

2015/02/06, 1.2 MB, Dr. Thomas Meier

IEA PVPS publishes a new report on "PV Business Models for Emerging countries". This report intends to provide the reader with ideas about how the issue of financing could be addressed. Six case studies of innovative business models and financing mechanisms are presented, ranging from pico-sized systems to large-scale PV plants including grid-connected as well as off-grid PV systems.

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Rural Electrification with PV Hybrid Systems - 2013 (En)

2014/02/27, 2.1 MB, Grégoire Léna/IED

With decreasing PV prices, PV / diesel hybrid minigrids attract significant attention from institutions in charge of rural electrification and donor agencies - to mitigate fuel price increases, deliver operating cost reductions, and offer higher service quality than traditional single-source generation systems. The combining of technologies provides interesting opportunities to overcome certain technical limitations. This publication aims to present the state of the art situation of PV / diesel hybrid systems for rural electrification and to highlight the main remaining issues – from the design, technical and implementation perspectives.


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Mini-réseaux hybrides PV-diesel pour l'électrification rurale - 2013 (Fr)

2014/02/27, 2.5 MB, Grégoire Léna/IED

L’état des lieux de la technologie des systèmes hybrides PV-diesel destinés à l'électrification rurale est présentée et les principaux enjeux actuels – relatifs à la conception, aux aspects techniques et à la mise en œuvre de ces systèmes – sont abordés et analysés. Des conseils sont formulés à destination des décideurs afin de favoriser une prise de décision éclairée en matière de systèmes photovoltaïques hybrides pour l'électrification rurale. Les spécificités des systèmes hybrides sont explicitées, les marchés et les paramètres technico-économiques pour la planification des projets sont décrits. Enfin, les questions liées à la durabilité des systèmes hybrides et à leur développement effectif sont examinées.

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Pico Solar PV Systems for Remote Homes

2013/05/21, 1.7 MB, Erik H. Lysen (IEA PVPS Task 9)

A new generation of small PV systems for lighting and communication The concept of pico PV systems and their application in real-world circumstances are explained. The importance of understanding the dynamics of the demand side of this market is clearly elaborated, as are the nature and supply of the products, their economics, and experience with various business models. There are clear lessons for the roles that should be played by governments, donor bodies and others in the markets for pico PV products and services, essentially as providers of appropriate institutional frameworks and information.

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Policy Recommendations to Improve the Sustainability of Rural Water Supply Systems

2012/06/22, 0,9 MB, IEA PVPS Task 9 Subtask 1, Dr. Thomas Meier


This report outlines the various common problems experienced in rural water supply project implemented by experts from the water and sanitation sector and projects implemented by experts from the field of photovoltaic energy. It is desirable to promote closer collaboration and enhanced information exchange between the water sector and the renewable energy sector to benefit from the solutions already developed for the identified problems. Recommendations have been developed to improve the sustainability of rural water supply system projects and to support the institutional and planning frameworks involved in rural water supply programs.

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Renewable Energy Services for Developing Countries, in support of the Millennium Development Goals: Recommended Practice and Key Lessons

2008/12/31, 1.3 MB, Report IEA PVPS T9 - 09:2008

In 2008 major outputs of Task 9 work since 1999 on PV were compiled together with information on other renewable energy technologies in a synthesis document: Renewable Energy Services for Developing Countries In support of the Millennium Development Goals: Recommended Practice & Key Lessons This document contains: - A comparison of strengths and weaknesses of small- scale hydro, small wind turbines and solar PV for rural electrification - Details on appropriate policy environment, finance solutions and models - Examples of tools to improve the design and implementation of rural electrification projects - Six case studies in Africa, Asia and South America - Key lessons on policy, finance, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The report can be downloaded here