About Us

The Berkeley Rural Energy Group (BREG) is a network of NGOs, technology firms, and diverse UC Berkeley student and faculty participants from energy, economics, public health, engineering, sociology, and beyond located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA. The mission of BREG is three-fold: (1) to better network the Bay Area intellectual community that focuses on remote energy access in developing countries; (2) to provide expertise in energy development and dissemination to outside foundations, NGOs and companies who are interested in enabling remote energy access in developing country communities; (3) to conduct interdisciplinary research in the field of rural energy development.

Focus:

Much of BREG activities focus on the last mile implementation of rural energy access. Our combined experience spans energy program implementation, design, impact evaluation, technology development and energy microfinance. We are engineers, environmental health scientists, economists, businesswomen, public policy practitioners and social scientists with a passion for contributing to the alleviation of world poverty through enabling access to energy. We recognize that development and energy solutions are not only disseminations of technology but that they must also be tailored to and appropriate for the specific contexts in which they are deployed. Thus, our solutions often fall outside the purview
of conventional development solutions.

BREG expertise focuses on the following areas:

  • Program and project design and implementation
  • Appropriate technology development
  • Microfinance and micro-enterprise development
  • Independent scientific monitoring and evaluation
  • Information communication technology relevant to energy supply chain development