Rural Electrification Through Decentralised Off-grid Systems in Developing Countries

  • Subhes Bhattacharyya

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Subhes C. Bhattacharyya
      Pages 3-12
    3. V. V. N. Kishore, Dattakiran Jagu, E. Nand Gopal
      Pages 39-72
  3. Review of Electrification Experiences with Emphasis on Off-grid Access Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Debajit Palit, Akanksha Chaurey
      Pages 75-104
    3. Subhes C. Bhattacharyya, Sanusi Ohiare
      Pages 105-129
    4. Subhes C. Bhattacharyya
      Pages 131-156
  4. Approaches for Participation, Governance and Financing of Off-grid Electrification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. P. R. Krithika, Debajit Palit
      Pages 187-225
    3. Subhes C. Bhattacharyya, Stephen Dow
      Pages 271-283
    4. Subhes C. Bhattacharyya, Debajit Palit
      Pages 285-293
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 295-297

About this book


More than 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity. Although extension of the electricity grid remains the preferred mode of electrification, off-grid electrification can offer a solution to such cases. Rural Electrification through Decentralised Off-grid Systems in Developing Countries provides a review of  rural electrification experiences with an emphasis on off-grid electrification and presents business-related aspects including participatory arrangements, financing, and regulatory governance.


Organized in three parts, Rural Electrification through Decentralised Off-grid Systems in Developing Countries  provides comprehensive coverage and state-of-the art reviews which appraise the reader of the latest trend in the thinking. The first part presents the background information on electricity access, discusses the developmental implications of lack of electricity infrastructure and provides a review of alternative off-grid technologies. The second part presents a review of experiences from various regions (South Asia, China, Africa, South East Asia and South America). Finally, the third part deals with business dimensions and covers participatory business models, funding challenges for electrification and regulatory and governance issues.


Based on the research carried out under the EPSRC/ DfID funded research grant for off-grid electrification in South Asia, Rural Electrification through Decentralised Off-grid Systems in Developing Countries provides a multi-disciplinary perspective of the rural electrification challenge through off-grid systems. Providing a practical introduction for students, this is also a key reference for engineers and governing bodies working with off-grid electrification.


DfID EPSRC Low Carbon Energy Off-Grid Electrification Rural Development South Asia Governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Subhes Bhattacharyya
    • 1
  1. 1., Institute of Energy andDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-4672-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-4673-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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