{Delivering off-grid electricity systems in the Brazilian Amazon}

Title{Delivering off-grid electricity systems in the Brazilian Amazon}
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGómez MF, Silveira S
JournalEnergy for Sustainable Development
ISBN Number0973-0826
KeywordsIsolated communities, Off-grid solutions, Universal electricity access
AbstractIn Brazil, more than 14. million people have benefited from the rural electrification program Luz Para Todos (LPT - Light for all), mainly through grid-extension. A new off-grid model is now required if remote areas in the Amazon region are to fully benefit from the program. In this paper, we explore the institutional and financial schemes that support LPT and their suitability for delivering off-grid solutions in the Amazon region. Our conclusions draw attention to the need for more local and site specific solutions, and new regulatory frameworks to allow the participation of new actors. We argue that the uniqueness of the Amazon region justifies renewable technologies focused on local needs and potential, adaptation of the LPT institutional framework and rethinking of funding channels. An off-grid approach will enhance the inclusion of remote areas in universal access goals while adjustments will help guarantee the sustainability of the electrification program. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.