Low-Cost Electrification: Affordable Electricity Installation for Low-income Households in Developing Countries

Low-Cost Electrification: Affordable Electricity Installation for Low-income Households in Developing Countries

by Nigel Smith
     
 

Electricity is highly desired by low-income households, but is all too often only obtained by the richer people in developing countries. The tremendous sacrifices and high payments that low-income households are often prepared to make to obtain even small amounts indicate the importance that they attach to electricity. Low-cost Electrification looks at why, in most

Overview

Electricity is highly desired by low-income households, but is all too often only obtained by the richer people in developing countries. The tremendous sacrifices and high payments that low-income households are often prepared to make to obtain even small amounts indicate the importance that they attach to electricity. Low-cost Electrification looks at why, in most developing countries, efforts to provide electricity to poor households have had only limited success, and recommends some appropriate solutions.

This Working Paper draws on the experience of experts involved in low-cost electrification and evidence collected from six developing countries.

It presents a complete review of the problems faced by poor users which include high connection costs, high costs of house wiring, and houses failing to meet standard requirements; as well as a review of the constraints faced by power utilities such as high capital costs and high revenue-collection costs.

The paper suggests a number of new and practical approaches, and ways to implement them, which can make electrification more economic for the utility, and spread the benefits of electrification more equitably across the social spectrum.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853394546
Publisher:
Practical Action Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
ITDG Working Papers Series
Pages:
38
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Smith has worked with the Intermediate Technology Development Group on induction generators for micro-hydro since 1985. He gained his PhD from the Nottingham Trent University, where he continues to work as a Senior Research Fellow. He has his own engineering consultancy, Smith Associates, and has worked in Nepal,
Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

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