A new integral management model and evaluation method to enhance sustainability of renewable energy projects for energy and sanitation services
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Autonomous systems based on the use of renewable energy (RE) have proven suitable for providing energy and sanitation services to isolated communities. However, most of these projects fail due to managerial weaknesses. Designing an appropriate management model is a key issue for sustainability and it is especially complex when includes different RE technologies. This paper is aimed at developing a novel management model for RE projects to provide energy and sanitation services with any kind of technology. Moreover, a new method to evaluate the sustainability is proposed regarding technical, economic, social/ethical, environmental and institutional/organisational dimensions. The case study of Pucara (Peru) is presented, in which a RE project with six different technologies was implemented and the integral community management model was designed in 2011. The project sustainability was evaluated in 2013 and results showed that the management model has succeeded to strengthen sustainability, especially in the institutional/organisational aspects.
CitationLillo, P., Ferrer-Martí, L., Fernández-Baldor, Á., Ramírez, B. A new integral management model and evaluation method to enhance sustainability of renewable energy projects for energy and sanitation services. "Energy for sustainable development: the journal of the international energy initiative", 2015, vol. 29, p. 1-12.