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Off-grid renewable energy systems: To foster viable projects

Off-grid renewable energy systems: To foster viable projects

Teaser - Off-grid Renewable Energy systems MOOC1/MOOC2

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About this course

In this 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.

More specifically, you will learn about:

  • Off-grid Renewable Electricity: A primer.
  • Social value of off-grid renewable electricity.
  • Guidance for project sustainability.
  • Towards a smart electricity access framework.

Strategic objectives

  • Discover the sector of the off-grid renewable energy systems and their importance for energy access.
  • Understand the challenges and conditions to make off-grid renewable electricity projects happen, even at the bottom-of-the pyramid.

Is this course 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!

How does the course boost your career?

On completing this course, you will:

  • Know about the most recent trends,  main characteristics and applications of off-grid renewable electricity systems.
  • Have the abilities to assess the benefits and social value of off-grid renewable electricity projects in developing countries.
  • Have the skills to foster the sustainability of off-grid renewable electricity projects in developing countries.
  • Know how to define the principles of a smart energy framework to enable off-grid renewable energy systems.
  • Have developed a 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.
  • Online Slack interaction and support for as long as the course runs
  • Hangout sessions, a good opportunity to discuss directly with the experts.

The assessment consists in self-evaluation (quizzes).

Course Experts

Maryse Labriet

Beatriz Maroto

Carlos Sordo

Caroline Nijland

Gregoire Lena

José Gabriel Martín


Laura Williamson


Lucila Izquierdo

Michele Labrousse

Rana Adib


Course facilitator

Laura Merlo



Facilitated by


Course participant, 1st edition
Distributed Energy Consultant