Energy Access Project

Wires on a street in Delhi, by T. Rob Fetter

In 2017-18, Duke University launched the Energy Access Project to develop new, collaborative ways to meet the energy needs of some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities, without exacerbating climate change.

Jim Rogers and his wife, M.A. Rogers, established the project with a $1.5 million gift. The Bass Connections Challenge will add $750,000 in matching funds for a total of $2.25 million to support the project’s goal of accelerating deployment of sustainable energy and empowering the world through expanded energy access.

In 2018-19, two Bass Connections project teams are tackling this challenge by using a “ground-up” approach to better understand the economic, political, geographic, and cultural challenges to energy access in Zambia, and by using satellite imagery to create an energy infrastructure map of the world.

Rogers served as a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke and led a Bass Connections project to explore renewable off-grid electricity solutions for rural populations.

Key Duke collaborators in the Energy Access Project include the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Sanford School of Public Policy, Bass Connections, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.

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Image: Wires on a street in Delhi, by T. Rob Fetter