Off-grid Electricity in sub-Saharan Africa: from rural experiments to urban hybridisations

by Sylvy Jaglin

The following is the introduction of this paper. The full reference is: Jaglin, S., 2019. Off-grid Electricity in sub-Saharan Africa: from rural experiments to urban hybridisations. Hybridelec Background research paper1 January 2019 . Available at:
https://hal-upec-upem.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-02078148v1

Will the electricity revolution in Africa come from the deployment of decentralised solutions? With their capacity to decarbonise the energy mix and to use off-grid solutions now available everywhere on the continent, are local renewable resources capable of meeting demand from some 600 million Africans that the dominant industrial systems have failed to meet, and if so under what conditions? That is the challenge targeted by policies developed in response to the delayed awareness of energy gaps and their role in the (mis)-development of the continent,[1] which are now priorities for Agenda 2063 and for the African Development Bank (AfDB 2017).[2]

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