Christopher Purcell is the director of Energy & Development
Group which he founded in 1992 with partners. His experience
includes project implementation of rural electrification and
off-grid electrification programmes and he is an accomplished
programme manager in fast-tracking programmes under the South
African Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP).
He has strong financial and economic analysis skills, and
undertakes financial feasibility and economic analyses of
energy and electrification projects. He has extensive working
knowledge of energy engineering and design in the broad context.
Technical tasks include technical feasibility and specification,
institutional arrangements, programme design and dealing with
In the energy field he is involved specifically in electricity
grid extensions, mini-grids, off-grid technologies and promoting
transition to modern energy services. He works on large scale
RE centralised generation of 1MW PV plant and mini-hydro schemes,
and small scale decentralised systems.
Christopher works on design and specification of large scale
institutional energy programmes for health, education, water,
agriculture and ICT sectors in South Africa, Uganda, Madagascar,
Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia. He is currently part
of teams working on a several rural electrification plans
and projects in Uganda, aiming to increase access to energy
to more than 500,000 new connections to rural institutions,
SME and households. He has a great appreciation of the developmental
aspects of electrification, and the place for the various
generation technologies within them.
His focus is primarily on delivering the most economically
viable and sustainable energy services and packages using
the most appropriate local institutional structures, rather
than ‘parachuting’ any specific technologies or