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FOREWORD ix PREFACE xi 1 INTRODUCTION 1 2 RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES 5 2.1 Photovoltaics 6 2.2 Solar thermal electric systems 7 2.3 Solar water heaters 8 2.4 Solar dryers 8 2.5 Solar stills 9 2.6 Solar cookers 9 2.7 Improved cookstoves 9 2.8 Biomass and biogas energy technologies 10 2.9 Wind pumps 12 2.10 Wind generators 12 2.11 Micro hydro power 12 2.12 Stand-alone systems versus Mini-grids 14 2.13 Conclusions 14 3 COSTS AND ECONOMICS 15 3.1 Overview of equipment costs 15 3.2 Economic assessments 16 3.3 Economics and real life 19 3.4 Summary of economic energy and supply options 21 4 DISSEMINATION ISSUES 22 4.1 Institutional and non-technical issues 22 4.2 Technical issues 26 4.3 Conclusions 29 5 ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS 30 5.1 International institutions 30 5.2 National institutions 37 5.3 The private sector 42 5.4 Conclusions 47 6 FINANCING MECHANISMS 48 6.1 Lending schemes 48 6.2 Making RETs affordable 54 6.3 Revolving funds 57 6.4 Conclusions 59 7 SOURCE OF FUNDS 60 7.1 The financial sector in developing countries 60 7.2 Bank funds 62 7.3 Client savings 66 7.4 Managed funds 67 7.5 Grants and soft loans 67 7.6 Conclusions 68 8 IMPLEMENTING A REVOLVING FUND 73 8.1 Modelling a revolving fund 73 8.2 Conclusions 83 9 PARAMETERS FOR SETTING UP A FINANCING SCHEME 84 9.1 Determining the appropriate scheme 84 9.2 Implementation and infrastructure development 87 9.3 Training 92 9.4 Monitoring and evaluation 92 9.5 Effect of market enablement actions 93 9.6 Issues for subsidised credit 94 9.7 Conclusions 95 10 PROJECT CHECKLIST 97 11 CASE STUDIES 101 Kenya 101 Sri Lanka 105 Democratic Republic of Congo 109 Indonesia 112 Dominican Republic 115 APPENDIX 1: LIFE-CYCLE COSTING 117 APPENDIX 2: FINANCING MODEL 123 GLOSSARY 127 BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Jenniy Gregory is Manager Sustainable Technology Development at Victorian Department of Primary Industries, Melbourne, Australia. Professor Semida Silveira is Professor in Energy Systems Planning. Her research work is focused on the global dimensions of energy systems change, and meeting global challenges such as climate change and development. Present focus of her research is on energy systems planning and policy, bioenergy, electrification and development. Anthony Derrick is Managing Director & Co-founder of Marine Energy Technologies Database (www.itpower.co.uk). Derrick has 30 years experience in renewable energy and development in industrial, academic and consulting environments. He has completed assignments for the UN, World Bank, EU and other international agencies in more than 50 countries world-wide.

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