Within the broad framework of sustainable development solutions, Parallax has an overriding goal to develop cost-effective, decentralised, clean-energy applications in isolated off-grid communities of targeted developing countries. This involves five main objectives:
CLEAN ENERGY ACCESS
To find ways that clean energy can be provided in a sustainable manner for remote areas in developing countries.
COMMERCIALLY VIABLE SOLUTIONS
To use the fact that commercial viability will usually lead to sustainability, and focus on the development of business frameworks that can be implemented effectively in targeted developing countries. This means the preparation and implementation of solutions that can generate financial returns, which requires careful consideration of investment conditions including appropriate policy & technology match to reduce the financial risk.
ATTRACT DONORS AND PRIVATE INVESTORS
To involve public funders and potential private investors at an early stage of any intervention, thereby ensuring that the perceived risks to future private investment are being addressed. This can then provide a basis for future private sector investment.
NEEDS DRIVEN INTERVENTIONS
To understand that local priorities must be an essential driver for Parallax’s work. Avoiding the imposition of inappropriate top-down “solutions” is critical if local needs are to be successfully addressed. Recognising that every target location will be different, Parallax aims to work with target communities and related stakeholders at the earliest possible stage of any new initiative for clean energy development.
LOCAL CAPACITY FOR SUSTAINABILITY
To build the clean energy capabilities of local people, and hence equip them with the skills necessary to maintain the results from any intervention related to clean energy access.