Until recently, off-grid solutions have focused on supplying consumers’ basic needs, but a vast range of new possibilities is opening up.
Africa is foregoing around 2% per year of growth because of a lack of power. Solar energy could be part of the solution.
A project in Morocco is looking at how parabolic troughs could help make solar energy cheaper.
A solution to the spoilage caused by poor storage and delivery methods is at hand.
India has a good track record in solar power installations – but its record of rooftop solar plant installations is relatively poor.
South Africa’s Renewable Energy private sector investment programme is widely regarded as one of the most successful in the world, so how can its winning formula be rolled out to the rest of the continent?
A pan-North African solar power sector in its current form seems likely to be met by fractious and nationalistic governments.