Sustainable Energy Solutions for Communities

Compulsary For MSc YES

Successful projects need to be sustainable hence meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. For energy projects to be sustainable, they not only have to meet the technological, environmental, economic and financial parameters but more importantly they have to satisfy social needs. Hence energy project developers have to appreciate and understand social needs to avoid their projects turning into white elephants. The course will deal with the following matters: Developing a common understanding of the energy requirements and use; sustainable energy solutions for rural communities in Southern Africa and in particular in Lesotho; gender and energy; provision of optimal sustainable energy requirements for rural communities; community participation in sustainable energy solutions; current energy solutions and their sustainability; designing of practical and affordable energy solutions; appropriate energy technology projects.


  1. Analyze and assess the social context of communities
  2. Analyze and assess energy requirements of communities
  3. Critique social obstacles to sustainable energy solutions
  4. Develop culture of implementing socially relevant technical solutions
  5. Design and articulate relevant practical sustainable energy solutions for communities
  6. Conceptualise optimal sustainable energy solutions for each situation
  7. Design and build affordable sustainable energy devices


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Sustainable Energy Solutions for Communities

Reading Material Availability: Feb 28, 2022 | 1 month from now
Major Deadlines: Sun, 03 Apr 2022; Resubmission* Sun, 17 Apr 2022