Beyond electricity access: Using the data to increase utilization and impact

Providing access to electricity to the 600 million Sub-Saharan Africans who live off-grid has become the focus of multiple development organizations, governments, and private companies. Governments and large development organizations like the World Bank have invested heavily in extending the central grid to the areas that are currently off-grid. There has also been increased interest … Continue reading Beyond electricity access: Using the data to increase utilization and impact

Electricity access progress in Africa – 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Bank compile data on electrification status for different countries around the world. The IEA database can be accessed here and the World Bank one can be accessed here.  For both databases, the figures on electricity access are obtained from a variety of sources including national census data and … Continue reading Electricity access progress in Africa – 2017

African countries’ energy sector commitments in accordance with the Paris Agreement

The COP21 Paris Agreement came into force in November 2016 with more than 20 African countries having ratified the agreement and deposited their first Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The NDCs outline the plans of each country to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change and to contribute to the central goal of the Agreement to keep … Continue reading African countries’ energy sector commitments in accordance with the Paris Agreement

Funds available for energy access companies and projects in Africa

Providing clean and affordable energy to the 635 million people in Africa will not come cheap. Private investors have been hesitant to engage in this sector in the past due to the high risks associated with the sector partially due to lack of sufficient data on the market.  And while there's been a push from various … Continue reading Funds available for energy access companies and projects in Africa

Mini grids vs solar home systems: Complimentary not competing

The definition of a mini grid, also sometimes referred to as a micro grid,  is an independent electricity generation station that sometimes includes an energy storage component that supplies electricity to a localized network.  In the energy access context, mini grids are installed in areas where there are economic, geographical or other constraints to extending the main grid to these areas. … Continue reading Mini grids vs solar home systems: Complimentary not competing