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Let There Be Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and Distributed Energy [Kindle Edition]

Drew Sloan , Rachel Kleinfeld
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Book Description

Providing electricity to the unlit and unstable parts of the globe is crucial to jump-starting development, improving the environment, and stabilizing fragile states that ferment many of today's security threats. Let There Be Light shows the failures of centralized electricity to meet these challenges - and describes how distributed, renewable energy such as solar and wind power can work. But, Kleinfeld and Sloan argue, it is not enough to harness the power of the elements. To scale, distributed energy must harness the power of the market. Taking on the major challenges that have impeded distributed energy's success, this book describes the roles development donors, social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, the military, and the business world can play to make lighting the developing world a reality.

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  • File Size: 293 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Truman National Security Institute (January 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006U5V3RS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A wonderfully informative, terse, well-informed summary of best practices in bringing solar electric light to the 1.6 billion people who have no electricity--and why this way to jumpstart development is crucial to global stability and to our own national security.
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By Taylor
In Let there be Light, Rachel Kleinfeld and Drew Sloan offer an original take on the quest to bring electricity to the developing world, positing that access to "the most basic foundational technology" can be fulfilled through distributed generation of renewable energy. While clocking in at an economical 150 pages, the book provides a detailed and convincing blueprint for policy makers, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits to achieve the elusive goal of bringing affordable energy to the 1.5 billion people who have never known it. The authors combine their respective experiences in the U.S. military, the business world, and the international development world to offer a multi-disciplinary framing of the challenges facing electrification efforts in the developing world and potential solutions to those challenges.
Sloan and Kleinfeld argue that, while it has long been recognized that access to reliable electricity is essential to development, the strategies for electrifying developing countries have been shortsighted. In the case of centralized generation efforts--which have represented the vast majority of electrification efforts-- programs have fallen victim to political interference, corruption, geographic restrictions, and low-intensity conflict. Sloan and Kleinfeld convincingly argue that the promise of distributed generation for developing world lies in its inherent decentralization (and corresponding democratization), resulting in the ability to avoid those pitfalls of central generation.
To their credit, the authors skip easy platitudes. They acknowledge at the outset that, where development and charitable organizations have sought to bring distributed renewable power to the developing world, those efforts have mostly come up short, at least in the context of broad development goals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want more! August 6, 2013
By Anon
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Great summary, very inspiring...I only wished there were more concrete, longer case studies and more detailed advice for what needs to be done in the future. When is the longer version coming out?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book with real solutions... June 7, 2013
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This book is eye opening and as a must read. It offers solutions and antidotes to the issue of energy production and availability in developing countries and how to efficiently light a safer, cleaner world, while being more sustainable from a resource and economic perspective.
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