Rural electrification program planning
Between 2004 and 2012, the Laos Rural Electrification Program provided more than 39,000 formerly unconnected households with access to electricity. This access has facilitated many social, economic, and environmental co-benefits, including higher household incomes, reduced time spent on chores, reduced local air pollution, and reduced expenditure on energy assets. The program prioritized households from marginalized groups, including female-headed, poor, and disabled communities.
The Solar Home Systems (SHS) and Power to the Poor (P2P) initiatives have dramatically increased rural socioeconomic activity without notably increasing electricity use-related carbon emissions levels. They present remarkable case studies on how low emission rural electrification initiatives can contribute significantly to rural social and economic development.