Eternal light: ingredients for sustainable off-grid energy development

Henry Louie, Peter Dauenhauer, Michael Wilson, Adriaan Zomers, Joseph Mutale

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Sustainability has been famously defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.? While elegant in its conceptual simplicity, this definition is often not the most useful one to practitioners, especially those working in the area of energy deployment in developing communities. The sustainability of small-scale, off-grid energy systems?systems that appear to fit this definition neatly?cannot, in fact, be taken for granted. And sustainability is key: it can mean the difference between prolonged poverty and transformational prosperity for the 1.2 billion people around the world who lack electricity, some 85% of them in rural areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-78
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Power and Energy Magazine
Issue number4
Early online date12 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014


  • environmental factors
  • organisational aspects
  • project management
  • sustainable development
  • eternal light
  • holistic design approach
  • small-scale energy development project


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