Delivering off-grid electricity systems in the Brazilian Amazon

Maria F. Gómez, Semida Silveira

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In Brazil, more than 14. million people have benefited from the rural electrification program Luz Para Todos (LPT - Light for all), mainly through grid-extension. A new off-grid model is now required if remote areas in the Amazon region are to fully benefit from the program. In this paper, we explore the institutional and financial schemes that support LPT and their suitability for delivering off-grid solutions in the Amazon region. Our conclusions draw attention to the need for more local and site specific solutions, and new regulatory frameworks to allow the participation of new actors. We argue that the uniqueness of the Amazon region justifies renewable technologies focused on local needs and potential, adaptation of the LPT institutional framework and rethinking of funding channels. An off-grid approach will enhance the inclusion of remote areas in universal access goals while adjustments will help guarantee the sustainability of the electrification program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-167
Number of pages13
JournalEnergy for Sustainable Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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