- Sustainable Power
Over 70% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa live in rural communities, and over 85% of the rural population have no access to electricity, hampering economic activity and trapping communities in poverty.
These regions are too remote and sparsely populated to provide a viable electricity grid and diesel generators have high operating costs for fuel, maintenance and replacement; high CO2 emissions; and detrimental local environmental impacts. Energy access is increasingly seen as a vital catalyst to wider social and economic development, enabling education, health and sustainable agriculture, and creating jobs. Energy for productive uses is particularly important to enable local business innovation and create a more vibrant economy for communities and countries, while providing societal benefits as well.