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Off-grid renewable energy systems: To advance the enabling conditions

Off-grid renewable energy systems: To advance the enabling conditions

Towards affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity for all

Off-grid renewable energy systems: To advance the enabling conditions | December

09/12/2019 to 02/02/2020
Duration: 8 weeks
Effort: 3 hours / week

About this course

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.

More specifically, you will learn about:

  • Market-based models for off-grid electricity.
  • The financial dimensions of off-grid electricity initiatives.
  • Policy and regulatory frameworks.
  • Energy planning: from demand to supply.


This course is part of the 'Off-Grid renewable energy' learning bundle, which will enable you to master this subject in depth

Is this course for you?

The course is for professionals who are looking 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!

How does the course boost your career?

On completing this course, you will:

  • Know about different business models applied to mini-grids and standalone systems in developing countries.
  • Be familiar with different types of funding mechanisms.
  • Understand the roles and instruments of an appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks to scale-up off-grid renewable electricity systems.
  • Know how to apply the principles and tools associated with energy planning in the context of decentralized electrification.
  • Have reinforced your network of contacts and knowledge sources within and outside the course environment.

Teaching methods and materials

The learning methodology builds upon:

  • 21 video lessons, with theory, case studies and animation.
  • Supplementary material for each lesson, including reports, articles, websites.
  • Debates in the forum, to exchange ideas with the other learners.
  • Hangout sessions, a good opportunity to discuss directly with the experts.

The assessment consists in self-evaluation (quizzes).

Course experts

Maryse Labriet

Director of the MOOC. Faculty Lecturer at the EOI-Madrid. Consultant and researcher on climate change, sustainable energy and energy modelling. Founder of Eneris Consultants, in Spain. 

Grégoire Lena

Renewable Energy Expert, based in France, with in-depth expertise in solar photovoltaic sector and in the design of mini-grids in developing countries. 

Beatriz Maroto

Project Manager on renewable energy and water access at the Foundation Energia sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain and active in more than 20 countries. 

Diego Pérez López

Faculty lecturer at the Technical University of Madrid and work as a freelance Consultant in the field of business models for energy access. 

Andrés González García

Full-time researcher at the IIT-Comillas MIT Universal Access Lab, focused on sustainable electrification models, regulation and planning.

Rana Adib

Research Coordinator at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. Among others, she coordinates the annual production of the Renewables Global Status Report. 

Laura Williamson

Communication and Outreach Manager at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. Among others, she coordinates the development of regional status reports. 

José Gabriel Martín Fernández

Project Manager at ACCIONA Microenergy Foundation in Spain, focused on sustainable access to basic services such as energy and water, in isolated rural areas in developing countries.

Caroline Nijland

General Director of Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in the Netherlands. FRES advances rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa with solar home systems and solar/hybrid mini-grids.

Lucila Izquierdo

President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Energía sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain. Her priority is the sustainability of water and energy access projects. 

Michel Labrousse

Consultant, retired engineer, based in France. Collaborates with Electriciens sans Frontières (Electricians without Borders), a French association providing electricity services to the poor. 

Carlos Sordo

Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager at Practical Action, in United Kingdom. Responsible of managing innovative partnerships providing holistic solutions to energy access problems.

Xoán Fernández García

Principal Executive of the Social Innovation Initiative of Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), a multilateral development bank of Latin America. 

Angel Verastegui

Principal Advisor of the global energy-access programme Energising Development (EnDev) in Peru of the German Development Corporation (GIZ). 

Siten Mandalia

Chief Executive Officer at Solaris Offgrid, a company that develops solar home system software and hardware and deploys them through our own operation in Tanzania and through partners in other regions.

Ignacio Pérez Arriaga

Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA and Professor and Director of the BP Chair on Sustainable Development at Comillas Pontifical University in Spain.

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