Surveys Show COVID-19 is Slowing Down Universal Access to Energy Off-grid solar (OGS) has been instrumental in increasing electricity access globally. According to the 2020 Market Trends Report, solar home systems and mini-grids were serving 420 million people by the end of 2019. Companies in OGS were moving to new locations to electrify undeserved populations. […]
2020: A year like no other – Pauline Githugu We stepped into 2020 with plenty of optimism and with plans all laid out for a very productive year. The stand-alone solar sector was looking forward to conquer new territory, release new innovations, and to connect more consumers to clean energy in the race towards universal […]
Workshop: Making off-grid solar solutions affordable. Date: 19th November 2020 Time: 14.30PM EAT/11.30AM GMT Despite ambitious 2020 electrification targets, many Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries still have relatively low electricity access, especially in rural areas representing close to 85 percent of the global energy access deficit. Off-grid solar products have been identified as the least-cost solution […]
In Africa, the burden of sub-standard quality solar products falls on unsuspecting consumers. They invest their hard earned income into solutions that are meant to improve the quality of life for their families, only to find that the product provides service for a short time. ACE TAF is working with governments, development partners and the […]
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 […]
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. This has […]
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 […]
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? 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 […]
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 […]
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