Case Studies

July 03, 2018

Susie Wheeldon

GOGLA and the Socio-Economic Impacts of Energy Access

The ability to comprehensively estimate socio-economic impacts is critical for all those focused on improving energy access—whether companies, decision-makers or impact investors—as this helps us to ensure the actions we are taking are having the effects we hope. To support those trying to measure the impact of off-grid solar, the GOGLA Impact Working Group established metrics to enable a standard approach to impact measurement.

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One of the ways that PEAK will be beneficial in support of these metrics is through its capacity to rapidly uncover the latest energy access research and for the relevant data to be searchable by specific impact areas. If GOGLA wants to create a new metric on health, for example, we can search PEAK and find the latest research and review important criteria such as sample size and the countries in which the study was undertaken and assess if we have enough data to build a new metric. Equally, we consistently work to revise and enhance our current metrics—from energy access to carbon dioxide reduction, change in light hours to income generation—therefore having a short-cut to the data on those topics is extremely valuable to GOGLA and its work.

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As well as supporting stakeholders in their goals to measure impact, all of these metrics and data points go into the advocacy work that GOGLA does on the behalf of its members—to help create an environment where the billion more people currently living in energy poor households get access to clean, solar solutions. We’re looking forward to using the PEAK platform and having a fast, effective way to get to the latest research at the touch of a button.

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