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RESPONSIBLE TAXATION: TO EXEMPT or not to EXEMPT
Should all products regardless of their quality benefit from the tax exemptions? Over the years we have seen governments across the continent provide fiscal incentives to scale off-grid solutions and...
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Standards adoption: A critical first step
The challenge of poor-quality products continues to threaten growth as more consumers embrace off-grid solutions. A 2017 Lighting Global study assessed 17 of the top-selling non-quality verified products in five...
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Effective coordination: the role of task forces
The role of task forces as a mechanism for coordination in the off-grid sector cannot be understated. Often government officials and policy makers are inundated by various stakeholders with diverse...
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Imposition of VAT on solar products defeats the intended purpose
The Finance Act, 2014 amended Item 45 of the Part I of the First Schedule to the VAT Act, 2013 to exempt “specialised solar equipment and accessories, including solar water...
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Understanding how to handle E-waste in the stand-alone solar sector
Sub-Saharan Africa, one of the fastest growing regions for waste generation, where more than half of waste is openly dumped, recorded 174 million of tonnes in waste in 2016, and...
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Exploring Stand-Alone Solar Opportunities Post-Covid
Whether universal energy access (SDG 7) will be achieved by 2030 remains in question. What is not in question is that the pandemic has exposed that without inclusion of off-grid...
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