Distributed energy is a critical driver for new business creation and the growth of small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the developing world; the SME sector is also an engine for driving adoption of distributed energy solutions. SMEs provide the majority of jobs in developing countries. Combining productive use, reducing costs, and improving financing of energy solutions for SMEs can accelerate adoption of distributed energy essential for economic growth in the developing world. We propose designing energy solutions that match a SME’s productive use, and linking these solutions to appropriate energy financing.
Our latest research paper, Accelerating Widespread Adoption of Distributed Energy: Solutions: Targeting Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, is available for download here.
This paper by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society was published in August, 2013.
The paper discusses the challenges around optimizing cost and financing for solutions targeted at SMEs and introduces a formula for calculating the levelized cost of energy. These videos illustrate the relationship between asset life, interest rate, and system cost.