Sustainability of off-grid community energy projects

A case study of the management of micro-hydro projects in Nepal

Bharat Poudel, Kevin Parton, Jane Maley

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The crucial role of reliable and affordable energy services for economic growth and wellbeing of rural people has been widely acknowledged. Off-grid renewable energy technologies (RETs) can have dramatic benefits for rural families and communities. However, experience with such services developed to date suggests that their sustainability is questionable. A qualitative study was conducted in Nepal to analyse such off-grid micro-hydro projects and reviewed various managerial aspects of their operation. This paper highlights some important project attributes such as involvement of local people, project size, tariff structure, growths in consumption and sales revenue, post-installation support, characteristics of management team and a financial system. The research focus is on how these input and process variables drive the sustainability of such schemes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging the many faces of sustainable work
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Place of PublicationAuckland
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780648110941
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian & New Zealand Academy of Management Annual Conference (32nd : 2018) - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 Dec 20187 Dec 2018


ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Academy of Management Annual Conference (32nd : 2018)
CountryNew Zealand


  • project development
  • off-grid energy service
  • project management
  • sustainability

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