Off-grid 94 – Rural electrification still hampered by grid extension dogma

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The good news this week is that several African and Asian governments are again starting to draw up rural electrification strategies. The bad news is that many of these seem still to be driven primarily by grid extension supporters. Of course well managed national grids are in a perfect world a good solution, and it’s not just the developing world that has a problem in this respect – witness the controversy in the UK over Hinckley Point. We believe that off-grid energy provision has a major role to play and it seems that many of the articles we have come across support this view. Note for example the Kenyan blogger who implores his government to consider off-grid solutions because of the failings of the country’s grid, the cautionary note by the Tanzanian press on their country’s dash for gas. Match this with the investments in mini grids in Niger, India and Kenya and exciting new biomass and solar plants being opened in Malaysia, Uganda and Madagascar. Most of all read about the impact of pay-as-you-go solar systems in Zimbabwe in areas the grid has no hope of reaching by 2030.

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