Recommended Practice guides

Case studies

application/pdf  16 Case studies on the deployment of photovoltaic technologies in developing countries
The 16 case studies summarised in this document cover deployment of PV technologies in 27 countries. They provide experiences and lessons learnt on the importance of an appropriate institutional and financial framework, of sufficient capacity building and quality assurance and of choosing the right implementation and financing mechanisms to ensure the development of a sustainable PV market.
2003/09/01,  1.6 MB,  Z. Li, R. Gunning, R. Oldach, u.a. IT Power
application/pdf  Summary of Models for the Implementation of Photovoltaic Solar Home Systems in Developing Countries Part 1: Summary
This Recommended Practice Guide attempts, in two parts, to describe, simply and concisely, a variety of implementation models for Solar Home Systems (SHS) in developing countries, and is intended to serve as a tool for SHS energy services delivery decision making. Altogether eight case studies describing implementation models in developing countries are presented in this guide.
2003/03/01,  390 KB,  IEA PVPS Task 9
application/pdf  Summary of Models for the Implementation of Solar Home Systems in Developing Countries Part 2: Practical Experience
This Recommended Practice Guide attempts, in two parts, to describe, simply and concisely, a variety of implementation models for Solar Home Systems (SHS) in developing countries, and is intended to serve as a tool for SHS energy services delivery decision making. Altogether eight case studies describing implementation models in developing countries are presented in this guide.
2003/03/01,  421 KB,  IEA PVPS Task 9

Capacities building

application/pdf  PV for rural electrification in developing countries; A guide to capacity building requirements
This document identifies capacity building measures that should be undertaken as an integral component of a PV based rural electrification implementation programme. It addresses issues relating to capacity building within the public and utility sector, Financial Community, NGOs, Service Delivery Chain and end-users.
2003/03/01,  401 KB,  J. Bates R. Gunning G. Stapleton IT Power Ltd

Framework improvement and Financing

application/pdf  Financing mechanisms for Solar Home Systems in Developing Countries
This study has made an evaluation of the experience gained with financing systems for Solar Home Systems (SHS) – implemented via a number of international agencies including GTZ. It looks at how, on the basis of this knowledge, recommendations for future financing models can be formulated. The investigations made into a large number of projects came up with results which, in some cases, differed widely from the commonly held views of the specialists
2002/09/01,  1.2 MB,  IEA PVPS Task 9
application/pdf  Institutional framework and financial instruments for PV deployment in developing countries
Whilst market forces and government programmes have both played a part in promoting PV uptake to date, widespread opinion across a broad range of actors recognises a clear need to strengthen the institutional framework. The focus of this effort should be on developing appropriate market rules and incentives which can underpin long-term self-sustaining markets. This Recommended Practice Guide (RPG) aims to define the key components and mechanisms of just such a framework.
2003/09/01,  1.1 MB,  A. Shanker, L. Bertarelli, G. Collins, IED
application/pdf  Sources of financing for PV-based rural electrification in developing countries
PV deployment programmes in developing countries require the procurement of capital resources in order to plan the programme, purchase, transport and install the equipment, and provide training and maintenance for its use. This guide will explore various sources of financing accessible for off-grid rural electrification. Beyond PV deployment, the concepts presented in this guide are applicable to other decentralised electrification efforts and even to rural development efforts as a whole.
2004/05/01,  1.0 MB,  W. Parker, K.Syngellakis, A.Shanker

Programme design

application/pdf  PV for rural electrification in developing countries, Programme design, planning and implementation
This Recommended Practice Guide is intended to provide input to programme developers considering implementing support programmes based on PV systems for rural electrification. It sets out to highlight critical factors that must be given due attention during project preparation and design as well as practical suggestions for carrying the plan through to implementation. It also addresses monitoring and evaluation considerations for assessing performance and impact throughout and after completing the programme.
2003/09/01,  1.1 MB,  W. Parker, R. Oldach, A. Wilshaw, IT Power Lt
application/pdf  The role of quality management, hardware certification and accredited training in PV programmes in developing countries
In order for a PV implementation programme to be successful, it needs to be designed with quality assurance in mind throughout the implementation process, not just when hardware is procured. Quality assurance has important implications for, inter alia, programme design, selection of equipment and supplier, checking compliance of systems/components delivered, installation and commissioning, ongoing maintenance, and training of personnel at various levels. This RPG provides an overview of three important aspects of quality control: Quality Management, hardware certification and training accreditation.
2003/09/01,  1.0 MB,  M.C. Fitzgerald, J. Bates, R. Oldach, R.

PV Applications

application/pdf  Renewable Energy Powered Water Services
When designing a solution to provide drinking water to isolated communities, selecting the most appropriate technology, taking all issues into account, is a considerable challenge. This flyer displays a checklist of the various issues that must be considered in this assessment process.
2007/08/15,  691 KB,  Bernard McNelis, IEA PVSDC
application/pdf  Flyer PV Injection, Task 9
This flyer details the interest of PV for improving electricity service to communities equipped with diesel generator sets and minigrid. Knowing the typical load profile is important for suitable sizing of the PV system, which energy will be injected in the grid. The advantages and drawbacks of various injection levels are detailed and a case study on a site in Mauritania is included.
2007/10/01,  2.0 MB,  IEA PVPS Task 9
application/pdf  Flyer PV Injection, Français, Task 9
2007/10/01,  2.2 MB,  IEA PVPS Task 9