A new report from GOGLA, the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry, brings positive news that households using small scale-solar power in East Africa are reporting a rise in economic activity, with improvement in income and job opportunities. It demonstrates the economic benefits of off-grid solar power in the developing world. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038.
Nearly 60% of off-grid solar owners undertake more economic activity within just three months of using a solar home system as they work longer, start businesses or get a new job.
Koen Peters, Executive Director of GOGLA said: "The net economic and social benefits off-grid solar are a huge opportunity for national governments of the developing world. We call on policy makers, treasury and energy departments to work together with off-grid companies, banks and institutions to breakdown barriers to off-grid solar and build a pathway to accelerate energy access."
The research, funded by The UK's Department for International Development (DfID) and conducted by Altai Consulting, was based on data collected from over 2,300 small-scale pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar owners in Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in Spring 2018.
The research was funded by the UK's Department of International Development.
Source and top image: GOGLA