PAC's goal is to assist delivery of sustainable energy access for poor people in developing countries.

Our expertise in this area includes :

  • Participatory needs assessment and socio-economic analysis
  • Design, development and field testing of energy technologies and products
  • Renewable mini-grid development and implementation
  • Participatory development of markets for energy goods and products
  • Design of commercial and community-based business models and establishment of community-focussed energy providers
  • Raising user awareness of energy services options.

Energy Capability Statement

Utilising Electricity Access for Poverty Reduction

New research published

Practical Action Consulting, with the Institute of Development Studies and the Energy and Resources Institute of India, has recently completed a DFID-funded project into the links between electricity access, productive uses of electricity and poverty reduction.

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Contact: Mary Willcox, Principal Consultant - Energy

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Address : The Schumacher Centre, Bourton-on-Dunsmore, Rugby, CV239QZ



PAC energy projects

Moving Energy Initiative

Practical Action Consulting is working on the Moving Energy Initiative (MEI), an innovative project that seeks to meet the energy needs of displaced people in a safe, sustainable manner, developing solutions for heating/cooling, cooking, lighting, electrification and water and sanitation.

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Poor people's energy outlook reports

Client: Practical Action  Origin of funding: Practical Action, GIZ, UNDP Country: International Project Value: £100 000 (per annum) Dates: Annual publication Lead Office: PAC UK Description of the Project: The Poor people’s energy outlook (PPEO) pre...

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Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in South Asia

Client: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) Country: Nepal, Bangladesh, India Dates: March 2013- February 2014 Lead office:  PAC South Asia Description of Project: This study aims to analyze impacts of clean cooking solutions on women in South Asian Countrie...

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MEGA Malawi

Client: OPEC fund for international development Country: Malawi Dates: April 2013 - present Lead office:  PAC Southern Africa  Description of the project Access to electricity is a fundamental prerequisite for development.  Lack of energy services adversely a...

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Building Energy Access Markets

Client : EUEI-PDF The development of energy service markets plays a crucial role towards increasing energy access worldwide in an efficient and sustainable manner. The study Building Energy Access Markets, developed jointly by Practical Action Consulting (PAC) and...

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Energy Demand Study

    Client:  UNICEF Country:  Zimbabwe Dates: 01/12.2014- 31/03/2015 Lead office: PAC Southern Africa This research study focused on understanding how women, men and children living in fuelwood deficient regions similar to the Seke Communal lands are...

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Business Innovation Facility (2) : Pico Solar Products

Client: DFID Country: Malawi Dates: 4/02/2014 - present Lead office: PAC Southern Africa The Business Innovation Facility aims to achieve poverty reduction by providing consultancy support to the private sector. BIF will work with companies to grow inclusive business models and...

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