Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Development


United Nations
Jim Watson
Oliver Johnson
Dong Wu
Anne Miroux
Mongi Hamdi
Jennifer Rietbergen
Nadege Hadjemian
Elvira Chudzinski
1 August 2011

This paper: 1) reviews international commitments to RET use and rural development and examines the link connecting RETs with rural development; 2) looks at RET options and potential benefits and deployment challenges; 3) investigates, using a number of case studies, how RET have been used to promote rural development and how innovative project/programme design can help overcome some of the barriers inherent to RET deployment in the market; 4) provides a synthesis of case study findings; and 5) presents conclusions and recommendations.