Learn more about the different aspects of how renewable energy is being used as a catalyst for community development. Below are articles written by LUTW, researchers and other development agencies.


Articles on renewable energy and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):

Why the Developing World is the Perfect Market Place for Solid State Lighting – SPIE Conference Paper – 2008 – LUTW article

Energy-efficient Innovative Lighting and Energy Supply Solutions in Developing Countries – 2007 – Practitioner article

Energy services for the millennium development goals – 2005UNDP, World Bank, ESMAP, Millennium project article

Energy for Sustainable Development – 2004 – UNDP article


Articles on the health impacts of fuel based lighting:

Health Impacts of Fuel-­-based Lighting – 2012 – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory article


Articles on best practices for developing a solar home lighting market:

Best practices for developing a solar home lighting system market – Journal of African business – 2011 – LUTW article


Articles on using microfinance as a tool for expanding access to renewable energy:

Modern Lighting for Microfinance Clients around the Globe – 2009 – REEEP and Barefoot Power


Articles on effective partnerships in promoting access to renewable energy in off-grid areas:

International Development Partnerships and Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies in Developing Countries – Exploratory Study in Costa Rica – 2011 – Independent study


Other useful and relevant websites:

Sustainable Energy – UNDP


Bennu Solar – Market information for serving solar lighting needs of off-grid populations

The Lumina Project – Cultivating technologies and markets for affordable low-carbon off-grid lighting in the developing world




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