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Eternal light : ingredients for sustainable off-grid energy development

Louie, Henry and Dauenhauer, Peter and Wilson, Michael and Zomers, Adriaan and Mutale, Joseph (2014) Eternal light : ingredients for sustainable off-grid energy development. IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, 12 (4). pp. 70-78. ISSN 1540-7977

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Abstract

Sustainability has been famously defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.? While elegant in its conceptual simplicity, this definition is often not the most useful one to practitioners, especially those working in the area of energy deployment in developing communities. The sustainability of small-scale, off-grid energy systems?systems that appear to fit this definition neatly?cannot, in fact, be taken for granted. And sustainability is key: it can mean the difference between prolonged poverty and transformational prosperity for the 1.2 billion people around the world who lack electricity, some 85% of them in rural areas.