Energy snapshot

Cumulative growth of off-grid solar PV in developing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

Over the next five years, off-grid capacity in developing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa will almost triple – reaching over 3 000 MW in 2022 – from industrial applications, solar home systems (SHSs), and mini-grids driven by government electrification programmes, and private sector investments.

Although this growth represents a small share of total PV capacity installed in both regions, its socio-economic impact is nonetheless significant. Over the next five years, SHSs – the most dynamic sector in the off-grid segment – are forecast to bring basic electricity services to almost 70 million more people in Asia and sub Saharan Africa. It will also lead to new business players bringing innovative payment solutions that allow low-income populations initial access to electricity services.

Source: Renewables 2017

4 October 2017

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