Study on the Impact of Renewable Energy Off-Grid Projects on the Livelihood of the People in the Sites

The objective of this study is to analyze the social, economic, and environmental impact of National Government (DAK and APBN) funded RE off-grid solutions and to advice Direktorat Jenderal Energi Baru, Terbarukan, dan Konservasi Energi (EBTKE) or Directorate of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation and the sector on optimal project planning strategies. Advice can be related to policy development and the enabling environment and/or to potential financing mechanisms to accelerate the implementation of RE off-grid solutions.

 

The research objective above suggests that the study will look at not only the economic impact of the off-grid power plants (solar and micro hydro), but also the social (like social relations, education) and environmental impacts of the plants. The results of the analysis will provide insights into the policy development and the enabling environment and/or to potential financing mechanisms to accelerate the implementation of RE off-grid solutions. For the purpose of this research, we will apply two main frameworks: the sustainable livelihood.

Study employs mixed-methods methodology. It involves designing, collecting, analyzing, data using a combination of quantitative and qualitative approach. Quantitative data collection uses questionnaires to measure the impact of RE off-grid on people livelihood in the sites. Qualitative data consists of open-ended information that the researcher gathers through interviews, focus groups, and observations.  By mixing both quantitative and qualitative data, the study gains in breadth and depth of information to answer research questions.

Data will be collected from beneficiaries (various backgrounds and social structure), governments at different level, and other stakeholders (e.g. project providers or contractor).