Rural (Renewable) Energy: A Practical Primer for Productive Applications
A GUIDE TO DEVELOPING AGRICULTURAL MARKETS AND AGRO-ENTERPRISES, Daniele Giovannucci, ed., World Bank, 2004
13 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2007 Last revised: 24 Nov 2008
Lack of access to reliable and affordable electricity or energy services in rural areas significantly diminishes the opportunities for adding value to many economically productive activities, including agriculture, fishing, and most post-harvest processes. Reliable energy is an important way for producers to grow beyond subsistence farming and supplying raw materials toward the potential of added value. Fortunately, there are commercially proven and decentralized energy alternatives particularly those that harness renewable energy. Many of these are now technically and financially viable, even in remote rural areas.
This learning tool provides an overview of these technologies and their appropriate applications in the field, and includes best practice examples used on a significant scale in agriculture, aquaculture, fishing, and related enterprises (e.g., food processing) in many developing countries. It explores necessary considerations in the choice of energy and how such projects could be formulated and executed.
Keywords: Energy, rural electrification, renewable energy, energy technologies, decentralized
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