RES.EC-004 | Spring 2017 | Non-Credit

Energy Needs Assessment Toolkit

Course Description

Understanding the energy needs and market opportunities in the specific off-grid community or region is the first step for effectively selecting and implementing the solutions to meet a community's energy needs. MIT D-Lab has developed the Energy Assessment Toolkit to guide organizations through the process of …

Understanding the energy needs and market opportunities in the specific off-grid community or region is the first step for effectively selecting and implementing the solutions to meet a community’s energy needs. MIT D-Lab has developed the Energy Assessment Toolkit to guide organizations through the process of gathering the information needed to make informed decisions about what technologies and business models are best suited to meet the specific needs of their community through market-based initiatives. 

This toolkit is designed for any organization that has an on­-the­-ground presence in an off­-grid community or region and has the ability to take action based on the opportunities identified. This community-­based assessment approach is not intended to replace studies that track energy access on a national level or to generate market intelligence reports for external organizations looking to expand their business or programs into new markets.

Learning Resource Types
Tools
Image of a windmill in the plains in Africa.
This resource provides a toolkit for assessing needs in communities around the world. (Image courtesy of sjgolding on Flickr. License: CC BY.)