Rural electrification support for developing countries

IEC, World Bank and UN Foundation TS 62257 offer

By Janice Blondeau

Electrification is one of the key drivers facilitating economic and socio-cultural development. However rural areas in developing countries can sometimes be too remote to connect to the main grid – in these circumstances renewable energy off-grid applications provide the most suitable energy solution.

Electricity is something many of us take for granted, but 1,3 billion people can't

Rural electrification specifications offer to developing countries

The IEC, World Bank Group and United Nations Foundation have announced an initiative to provide developing countries with access to important technical documents, IEC/TS (Technical Specification) 62257 series, that support rural electrification, at a specially discounted price, to help bring electrical energy to some of the 1,3 billion people without access or only limited energy access.

The IEC/TS 62257 series Recommendations for small renewable energy and hybrid systems for rural electrification outlines international best practice solutions to support energy access in developing countries across a range of technologies. The three organizations are cooperating to offer discounts to qualified stakeholders purchasing documents in this series.

Sound investment, increased security and interoperability

When developing countries use internationally recognized technical specifications it allows them to secure long-term sustainability of their investments, as well as interoperability and safety of the products they are installing. It also helps to ensure that their investments will be worthwhile and that components will work together as they should, when they should.

In offering this package the IEC has responded positively to a request from the UN Foundation to have the IEC/TS 62257 technical specifications more easily available to key stakeholders in developing countries. This request was reinforced by the conclusions of a 2012 workshop on rural electrification held by AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) with experts from IEC TC (Technical Committee) 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems. As result of that workshop, AFSEC is developing a technical guide for sustainable off-grid electrification, with reference to IEC/TS 62257 series.

About the IEC/TS 62257 series

The IEC/TS 62257 series contains numerous technical specifications which address three main topics – introduction to rural electrification; project management and implementation guidelines; and technical specifications for components and systems. It also provides assistance to the project implementer, with information on how to select the right product based on what is available in their local market, product tests to be performed under the local future field conditions, and technical and economic aspects of equipment, skills required etc.

The details of the available discounts are:

  • 75% discount on IEC/TS 62257-9-5 (with or without all normative references)
  • 58% discount on entire IEC/TS 62257 series + all normative references
  • 50% discount on any other individual documents in the IEC/TS 62257 series (with or without normative references)

More information is available on the IEC Webstore

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