In Africa, Rural Electrification Is Driven By Technology & Crowd Investments

In Africa, Rural Electrification Is Driven By Technology & Crowd Investments

By Stefan Zelazny, Mobisol For decades, the only accepted idea of electrification was access to the grid implemented by big utilities, served by huge power plants. This concept worked fairly well in the developed world — if leaving out of consideration the environmental aspects of the massive use of fossil fuels. Billions of dollars have been invested to transfer this model to emerging markets. This attempt has failed. Even today, less than 25% of sub-Saharan households have access to the grid; and those who do have access encounter ongoing problems with load shedding and poor reliability. Grid extension has […]