PISCES E-conference

Summary from Tuesday

Dear All,

Welcome to the second day of the PISCES E-conference. For those of you who were unable to take part in yesterdays discussion please see the summary below. Otherwise may I take this opportunity to introduce our first presenter of the day, Santosh Kumar Patnik who works M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai which is part of the PISCES working group who aim to provide policy makers with new information and approaches that they can apply to unlock the potential of bioenergy to improve energy access and livelihoods in poor communities.

Later today we will also be hearing from Sachin Shukla, from IFMR, the Institute for Financial Management and Research also based in Chennai, India where we will hear about the base of the pyramid distribution challenge.

Please take some time to browse these articles, the floor is open for discussion.

Summary discussion:
An introduction to: Non-charity solar businesses empower rural poor

Today an energy consultant, Yotam Ariel has made an inspiring presentation highlighting how affordable solar energy can be in low-income rural markets; this was couple with a report details practices in developing Asia.

There have been several barriers to the implementation of solar energy, initially the high capital cost has proved a major barrier though the paper indicates that cost of PV panels is decreasing rapidly and PV in very recent years has been established as an energy enterprise in several developing countries.

The local presence of some solar enterprises has been key to the success of marketing solar products as well as helping customers’ access micro loans. Access to loans varies across regions. The offer after-sales service is very important such as Selco Solar’s company services.

Marketing is an interesting and important factor to transfer such solar technology in remote areas/villages.

In energy policy factor, government should grant 0% tax for solar products import. Many solar business owners need technical know-how and need to always updating it.

Many questions are still posted without answer: What should be other main principles in regulation/policy for solar energy? What will happen if internalization of external costs of solar PV production? ; Should they any participatory method used in terms to introduce solar PV in remote area?
Thank you for the summary, Miriam.

I tried to answer some of the questions,
and hope to learn more from PISCES e-conference members.

I also look forward to today's presentations and discussions.

Thanks again,
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