Skat - IEA PVPS Task 9

IEA PVPS Task 9: Photovoltaic Services for Developing Countries (PVSDC) Swiss Contribution


Contract: 2015.11

IEA PVPS Task 9: Photovoltaic Services for Developing Countries (PVSDC)

Swiss Contribution

Project Type :

Pilot Project


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Project Start :

October 2015 (current working period)


End of Project :

June 2018 (current working period)

Partners :

Skat Consulting Ltd, St.Gallen, , Hedi Feibel;
INFRAS Research and Consulting,, Stefan Kessler


Swiss Contribution

The project team has many years of experience in development cooperation. Their high-level expertise in renewable energy and in non-technical areas represents a significant contribution to this project.


On the basis of comprehensive, worldwide experience with photovoltaic power systems in developing countries, this network endeavors to increase successfully and sustainably operated photovoltaic systems for various purposes. The international group of experts has a broad range of project experience in this field. The group of experts maintains permanent contact with several international development organizations by the status of its international network projects.

The actual work period focusses increasingly on the use of photovoltaics in mini-grids and grid-connected systems in developing countries. To this end, exchanges with relevant international partners, as well as the dissemination/communication should be further strengthened.


Switzerland has assumed Task 9’s operational management since end-2015. By end-2017, 11 countries were participating in this programme (Australia, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey). Other countries have expressed interest in Task 9 participation, too (Chili, Norway, South Africa and Morocco). Task 9 decided to clearly focus on the use of photovoltaics in mini-grids, as well as on large-scale PV installations connected to the public grid. In 2016 and 2017, Task 9 strengthened and initiated cooperation with major key actors (IRENA, GIZ, ECREE, ECOWAS, the Reiner Lemoine Institute and ARE).

The most relevant IEA PVPS information and publications are available at:

The major and the most recent Task 9 publications are:

  • Guideline to Introducing Quality Renewable Energy Technician Training Programs, IEA-PVPS T9-17: 2017
    • A User Guide to Simple Monitoring and Sustainable Operation of PV-diesel Hybrid Systems; Handbook for System Users and Operators, IEA-PVPS T9-16:2016


The Final Report “Continuation of Swiss Participation and Share in the IEA PVPS Task 9 Project Leadership” is available at