For the first time in 20 years, the IEA reports that the number of people around the world who live without electricity is set to rise by nearly 20 million in 2022, reaching nearly 775 million.
A new wave of companies are bringing equipment powered by renewable, decentralized energy to smallholder farmers. Solar-powered refrigerators, water pumps and milling machines (among other devices) have the potential to significantly increase yields and reduce wastage.
Efficiency for Access (EforA) is a global coalition working to promote highperforming appliances that contribute to clean energy access for the world’s poorest people; its members have programmes and initiatives spanning 62 countries and 34 key technologies.
In Uganda, many solar installations in rural areas are carried out by freelancers. These usually have little knowledge of solar technology and are therefore unable to provide customers with professional information.
This blueprint provides a step-by-step guideline on how to conduct feasibility studies for offgrid and edge-of-grid power systems. By following the process, one should be able to conduct an effective feasibility assessment for a photovoltaic based off-grid or edge-of-grid power system.
Today, nearly one-tenth of the global population do not have access to electricity, mostly concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa. If we include people with intermittent access, the percentage will rise to a staggering 37%.
The climate crisis is a human tragedy. Countries in Africa are least responsible for causing it, but are among the countries most affected. Kenyans feel the impacts daily, including insecurity, hunger and death.
Universal, safe and reliable water access is a pressing need in the global south. One-quarter of the world’s population don’t currently have access to clean drinking water. In Ghana, about 5 million people out of a total population of about 31 million lack access to clean, safe water.
Sub-Saharan Africa has yet to undergo a full industrial or agricultural revolution. One of the main underlying reasons is a lack of energy. Energy is a precursor to both economic and social development.
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