Start Date

2 April 2018


16 weeks (8 weeks each course)





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About the Specialization

Around the world, 1.2 billion people still have no access to electricity. Many more suffer from poor-quality supply. The specialization explores how off-grid renewable energy systems can help achieve the United Nations goal of sustainable energy access for all by 2030 and meet international commitments to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Throughout the specialization, you will find out how you can effectively contribute to this challenge and be involved in this rapidly growing field.

The specialization adopts a unique multidisciplinary perspective to develop innovative mindsets and cross boundaries, key to the off-grid revolution. It is not just engineering or business, social or political. It is all this! 

Your strategic objectives

You will gain:

  • A consolidated knowledge of the technical, policy, social and economic features of off-grid renewable energy systems around the world.
  • New or reinforced opportunities to contribute to the off-grid revolution in developing countries.
  • A network of like-minded and professionals committed to make a difference in electricity access in the World. 

How will you learn?

The specialization relies on two complementary courses. The first course focuses on how to foster viable off-grid renewable energy projects. The second course deepens how to advance the enabling conditions for a large deployment of off-grid solutions.

Is this specialization for you?

The course is for professionals and students finishing their studies, and who look for innovative and proven solutions for enabling universal access to sustainable energy.

You are a practitioner or researcher of the renewable or energy sectors, you work for a non-governmental organization in the development or energy fields, you are an entrepreneur or work for a company committed to socially responsible business in developing countries, you work for a cooperation agency and want to identify prospects of off-grid solutions, you are a student at the end of your undergraduate studies, this course is for you!

Want to take part?

Check the requirements of each course!


Course 1: To foster viable projects 

Start date:  2 April 2018

In this first course, you will find out how off-grid renewable electricity systems can transform lives in poor and remote communities. You’ll assess the technical, social, policy and economic features of off-grid systems, and how projects can be successfully implemented to provide sustainable electricity in developing countries.

Course 2: To advance the enabling conditions

Start date: 28 May 2018

In this course, you will discover the critical business, financial, policy and planning conditions to boost the deployment of off-grid renewable system in the poorest countries and remotest communities. 




Course director

Maryse Labriet is a consultant and researcher on climate change, sustainable energy and energy modelling, founder of Eneris Environment Energy Consultants in Spain. She is Faculty Lecturer at the EOI-Madrid. 

She has invited practitioners, business developers, academic experts and non-profit organisation leaders, all active in different countries, to share their expertise in this specialization. Discover the full list in each course!


Laura Merlo