Core Services

Since 1962, NRECA International has developed programs that promote economic prosperity in developing countries through technical assistance and training in rural electrification.

NRECA International strives to create permanent business cultures and operating environments in which local electrification institutions are able to survive, compete, prosper and grow.

  • Feasibility Studies
    NRECA International routinely conducts short term (six months or less) feasibility studies that are used to determine whether a potential community or region would an ideal candidate for a rural electrification program. To that end, NRECA International conducts preliminary due diligence to determine potential program viability by assessing:
    • Project costs based on engineering design and construction
    • Revenues based on load forecasts that include consumer energy consumption and willingness to pay for studies
    • The potential consumer surplus that would underpin project investment
  • Institutional Development
    Over the past 45 plus years, NRECA International has been involved in the design, development and operation of more than 200 rural electric utilities in developing countries. NRECA International has successfully surmounted many challenges under tight timelines in order to assist fledgling institutions as they endeavor to be financially viable. In consultation with stakeholders and communities, NRECA International can:
    • Help hire and train staff
    • Assist with business incorporation and registration
    • Bylaw development
    • Cooperative formation
    • Develop policies and procedures
    • Hold board elections
  • Productive Uses and Economic Development
    Rural electrification is not an end unto itself, but rather a critical input for rural economic development. In all its electrification programs, NRECA International has coordinated closely with rural development programs in health, education, water supply, communications and agriculture, to ensure that the rural electricity system can be used to improve citizens’ quality of life. In order to be successful, rural electrification programs must identify and evaluate how new energy systems can serve existing and future demand for these services. Therefore, wherever possible, NRECA International attempts to incorporate the promotion of productive (income-generating) end-uses as an integral component of its electrification efforts. NRECA International’s promotion of electrification and its role in economic development includes:
    • Consumer education and training
    • Demonstration projects
    • Financing for equipment and materials that improve electricity production and efficiency
  • Renewable Energy Technology
    Renewable Energy TechnologyNRECA International has been a leader in the implementation of renewable energy generation for rural electrification. Over the past 20 years, NRECA International has developed power generation using:
    • Biomass (Bolivia, India and others)
    • Wind energy (Chile and Dominican Republic)
    • Micro-hydro (Laos, Guatemala and others)
    • Small hydro (Costa Rica, Uganda and others)
    • Solar energy (Dominican Republic, South Africa, Tanzania, and many others)
    NRECA International strives to design and develop rural power generation that is appropriate and sustainable, and renewable power features prominently in both grid-based and off-grid system generation options.
  • Rural Electrification Planning
    NRECA International has extensive experience in developing national electrification plans, including the design and creation of national rural electrification agencies in several countries. Most national rural electrification plans include the following:
    • Program design
    • Institutional framework
    • Existing system assessment
    • Construction standards
    • Preliminary technical due diligence
    • Pilot project identification
    • Rural electrification program financing, etc.
  • Rural Electrification Project Design
    Over the past 45 years, NRECA International has designed and implemented rural electrification projects in more than 40 countries. Although the scopes of rural electrification projects vary, project activities generally include:
    • Sizing and installation of adequate generation capacity to meet long-term load demand
    • Design of primary and secondary distribution systems
    • Construction and/or managing a subcontractor for distribution system construction
    • Consumer connections and street lighting
    • Operation and management of interim utility
    • Training of utility personnel
  • Utility Operations and Management

    NRECA International provides comprehensive training programs in all aspects of utility operations and management to ensure that local institutions can effectively and efficiently operate an economically viable utility.

    In projects where new cooperatives are being created, NRECA International is often called upon to provide management and operational oversight for an interim period while training new utility personnel on the job. Once staff is properly trained, NRECA International then turns the day-to-day operations over to the newly formed cooperative or utility. NRECA International also provides training for newly formed boards of directors in their respective roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures.