• Submitted by: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Primary SD area: Sustainable Energy
  • Keywords: Electrification, renewable energy technologies, energy access, rural areas, wind energy, pico PV technologies, electricity for isolated communities, sustainable energy
  • Location: Bolivia; Ethiopia; India; Nepal; Tanzania; Peru
  • Date of completion: 31 Dec 2013
  • More information

Deliverables & Resources
Min-E Access: Minimum Electricity Access

Organization(s) making commitment

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development
Government of Bolivia - Direccion General de Energias Alternativas / Vice Ministerio de Electricidad y
Energias Alternativas
Solar23 (Ethiopia)
Phaesun (Germany)
Phocos (Germany and Bolivia)
University of Applied Sciences, Ulm (Germany)
Solar Age Namibia (Namibia)
SERIS (Singapore)
Fosera (Thailand and India)
Energetica (Bolivia)
University of California, Berkeley
Reiner Lemoine Institut
Electriciens Sans Frontieres
Palma Interface
Clean Energy Development Bank
French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)
Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Orb Energy
Rural Education and Development, Nepal
Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore

Achievement of Commitment

The initiative will provide minimum electricity access to households in rural isolated areas. Min-E Access will cover three basic services: lighting, radio reception, and cell phone charging capability. Most of the financial support required for this partnership will be directed towards the two major blocks that will ensure the sustainability of this initiative: capacity building and entrepreneurship development at the local level. The effort represents the first step towards adequate levels of universal electricity access worldwide. The initiative could empower people with minimum energy necessary to increase education, accelerate the transfer of knowledge, facilitate communication and promote entrepreneurship.

How this will be achieved

The initiative is being started with a preliminary phase covering six pilot countries in three developing regions ? Africa, Asia and Latin America. This effort will become part of the national assessments being undertaken for Rio+20. As more organizations and donors join the partnership and more resources are available, the programme will be extended to more countries that have significant shares of rural isolated populations without electricity access. Partners will provide capacity building and technology transfer based on entrepreneurship skill development. The pilots will also include capacity development for the maintenance and installation of the systems and will look at issues of upscaling. This preliminary phase will be followed by the first phase designed to allow minimuim electricity access to millions of people by December 2015, coinciding with the Millennium Development Goals timeframe. Technical, human and financial support for the implementation of this first phase is being sought. A long-term successful implementation programme will allow for the second phase a large share of the rest of the isolated rural population by 2022. Electricity access represents one of the energy goals of the set of sustainable development goals currently being discussed.

Deliverable Date
Establishment of maintenance and service facilities for the system equipment in each community 2013
Training of trainers: capacity building of local residents in designated communities in the pilot countries 2013
10 thousand families in the pilot countries will have electricity systems in place 2013
Fully defined business models for the implementation of the project in the three regions: Asia, Africa and Latin America 2013

Resources devoted to delivery
Type Details
In-kind contribution Funding: Solar23 Development PLC - $100,000 to import and distribute solar pico systems
In-kind contribution Partners: Energetica; Government of Bolivia (Ministerio de Hidrocarburos y Energia); University of California, Berkeley; Reiner Lemoine Institut; Fosera India; Electriciens Sans Frontieres; Palma Interface; Clean Energy Development Bank; French Environmen
Other, please specify Willing to participate, support, cooperate and contribute: Empower Gernation; Adama Institute of Sustainable Energies; Instituto Tecnologico y de Energias Renovables, S.A.; Solar Age Namibia; Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima; Asantys Systems; SOLU
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