Lighting up Africa
Small-scale solar power surging ahead
“Energy Africa makes perfect sense to me. In the next few weeks and months we’re going to be shaping what DfID [the Department for International Development] does in the next five, arguably 10 years. But improving access to energy in Africa is my particular focus at the moment.”
Let's not settle...
“The Africa Progress Panel, a group of experts led by Kofi Annan, a former UN secretary-general reckons that more than 600m people are not connected to grids and that to wire them up, investment in electricity infrastructure would have to rise to about $55bn a year from the current $8bn. On current trends it would take until 2080 to link all Africans to the grid.”
Power For All: The Energy Access Imperative
We agree with the principles, if not entirely with the solutions, but this explains why a route up the energy ladder is needed. Getting people onto the energy ladder is critical, but so is providing them with a clean and affordable route up it.
Our favourite read at the moment
Check out the inflection point on page 4: 2.5kWh/person/year. That’s an average of 285W per person, and is the minimum point that any solution needs allow customers to reach. Of course that is going to take some time, but it is achievable sustainably, commercially, and in years rather than decades.
Possibly our favourite paper here at Mobile Power HQ at the moment. Definitely worth 20 minutes to read it.