Marc Torra is a part time Ph.D. Student at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. He combines his studies with his job as a development practitioner specialised in the financial and economic analysis of on-grid and off-grid renewable energy electrification projects in South countries.
Supervisor(s) and panel members
Marc is designing a conceptual framework for increasing the sustainability of off-grid solar electrification services in South countries. Many off-grid solar projects in South countries fail within five years because they lack the technical, institutional, social or economic sustainability that makes them financially viable. In turn, this causes a negative social and environmental impact on the electrified communities.
The main two obstacles to sustainability are the confluence of stakeholders with diverging interests, alongside with a wide range of documents to evaluate sustainability in all its seven dimensions.
Marc’s research is focused on the application of ecological economics’ principles to add the programmatic, technical, institutional, economic, social and environmental dimensions to the projected financial statements of the electrification service, thus turning them into a single tool for integrated reporting.
In this way, he aims at helping stakeholders align priorities by modelling the financial impact of not attending sustainability in all its seven dimensions. He plans to do so by projecting and consolidating five sets of financial statements, each centred on a different reporting entity. The five entities are:
1. the power developer,
2. productive activities,
4. society, and
5. the environment.
2020 Rwanda - Elaboration of feasibility studies for 30 mini-grids and a mini-grid rollout plan- AfDB
2020 Haiti - Electrification of 52 communities with solar mini-grids - WB, IADB
2020 Haiti - Investment in a 2 to 5 MW grid connected PV system with battery storage - WB, IADB
2019 Honduras - Evaluation of a power grid extension financed with concessional credit - Finnish Gov. 2019 Indonesia - Design of s strategy for an Insonesian RESCO platform - Hivos, MCC
2018/19 Suriname - Design a business model for electrifying maroon communities from the interior - IADB
2017 Colombia - Design a business model for electrifying 108 schools in Nariño province - IADB
2017/18 Sierra Leone - Regulatory Strengthening and Tariff Development - MCC
2017 Rwanda - Designing an evaluation framework for the distribution of a pico-solar - Embrace Solar
2015/16 Belize - Capacity Development in Renewable Energy Policy and Mapping in Belize - EuropeAid
2015 Peru - Energy and Environment Partnership with the Andean Region - Finnish Gov.
2013/14 Guinea Bissau - Financial analysis of Bambadinca Sta Claro solar mini-grid - EuropeAid
2012 CARICOM Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Office Buildings in Tropical Climates - GiZ
2012 Pacific - Design a bottom-up community programme for 15 Pacific Countries - EuropeAid
2012 Jamaica - Design of a Feed-in Tariff for Renewable Energy in Jamaica - WB
2011 Kiribati - Prepare feasibility studies for $2.5 Million investment on PV generation - WB
2005/09 Pacific - Support to the Energy Sector in five ACP Pacific Islands - EuropeAid
2001/05 Kiribati - Support to the Energy Sector in five ACP Pacific Islands - EuropeAid
1998/99 Mexico - Logistics manager at 3 autocomponent manufacturing plants - Ficosa Internacional
1996/97 India - Investment promoter at the Spanish Embassy in New Delhi - ICEX
1995 Colombia - Design a collaboration program between the university and private sector - AECI
1993/94 Spain - Internal auditor at the Barcelona’s metro and bus company
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia