Webinar: Demand side subsidies are required to make solar products affordable

According to ESMAP, on the current trajectory, 230 million people will not have access to electricity by 2030. Out of this figure, 112 million will be left behind due to affordability constraints. Yet, 2030 is fast-approaching, and some of the gains made through off-grid electrification are being eroded by the Covid-19 pandemic. A survey done […]

Addressing Affordability of Stand Alone Solar Systems

Written by Pauline Githugu, Team Leader ACE TAF As far as universal access to clean energy is concerned, there is no doubt that firstly, there remains a huge number of households in Sub-Sahara Africa that do not have access to clean energy. As of 2018 the number stood at 548 million unelectrified people.[1] This has […]

SDG 7 will not be achieved without greater coordination

Written by Esther Kahinga, Knowledge Manager – ACE TAF SDG 17 on partnerships for the goals could be the goal that will make the greatest contribution to the achievement of all the other 16 goals. The saying ‘there is strength in unity’ means more to us now in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic […]

The case for responsible taxation to ensure affordable access to energy

Written by Mary Githinji,  Kenya Country Manager – ACE TAF In March 2020, the Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was published proposing the deletion of VAT exemptions on Off-grid Solar products. Subsequently, ACE TAF provided support to KEREA to advocate against the removal of VAT exemption on solar products. However, despite the concerted efforts by the […]

Part 2: Can the Bangladesh IDCOL model be used to finance solar home systems in Africa?

  Part 2: Can the Bangladesh IDCOL model be used to finance solar home systems in Africa? In the last blog, we introduced the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) model and why it was successful in accelerating access to energy through solar home systems (SHS) in Bangladesh. In today’s blog we take a deeper look […]

Sustainable Solar Webinar Series: Coordination and Keeping the Momentum in Off-Grid Electrification

Off-grid electrification has rapidly evolved over the last decade and contributed to universal access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Consequently, it has potential to contribute to the achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially for people living in rural off-grid areas. Sub-Saharan Africa currently has 575 million people without access to electricity. Projections […]

Sustainable Solar Webinar Series: Powering Agriculture and Re-localization of Food Supply Chains in Africa

Few countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are food secure. Yet, the last two years have been marked by alternating seasons of drought and floods. The situation in the Horn of Africa region has been exacerbated by a locust invasion. The Covid-19 pandemic has also caused disruptions in the supply of seeds, fertilizer and other farm […]

Sustainable Solar Webinar Series: Building Resilience and Recovering Better: Could SAS be the Answer?

In Sub-Saharan Africa, at least 160 million people are currently benefiting from off-grid solutions including mini-grids and solar home systems. Due to advances in solar technology, falling prices and the ease of deploying these systems, many governments are now mainstreaming them into their national electrification plans. Off-grid systems also remain the least-cost solution to electrify […]

Part 1: Can the Bangladesh IDCOL model be used to finance solar home systems in Africa?

Part 1: Can the Bangladesh IDCOL model be used to finance solar home systems in Africa? The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire world and changed life as we had known it before. It is a defining moment for Africa, and we need to make good use of this opportunity especially in terms of increasing […]

Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Webinar: East Africa
Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Webinar: East Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa access to electricity in rural areas stands at 25% compared to 75% in urban areas. Up to 595 million people still do not have access to electricity in a season where many people are required to stay at home due to the raging COVID-19 global pandemic. According to GSMA, 50% of these […]

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