Sam Miles highlights key findings from 2019 research reports on mini-grids in Africa.

A solar array – complete with battery storage and remote monitoring and control capabilities – has been transforming brackish groundwater into fresh drinking water in the village of Beyo Gulan in the Somaliland desert since 2018.

The Distributed Funds for Distributed Renewable Energy rundown by the proponent organization articulates the importance of public finance institutions to support the remote off-grid and micro-grid renewable energy projects.

That requires fostering a huge number of entrepreneurs. Yet there is still insufficient investment from donors, governments and commercial financiers into the innovation ecosystem.

While it’s true big batteries can be built and maintained for less per-kWh, it is not true that they will out-compete home batteries forcing them out of the market.

We examined the gap between what we “know” about how the enabling environment of regulations, finance, cultures and norms enables solar technology adoption, and what energy access businesses “do” to break down practical barriers between the products and end-users.

Establishing solar-powered cold chains in off-grid environments could enable farmers to raise food supply by 15% by reducing post-harvest losses, increasing profits through greater bargaining power at the market place.

A Brisbane doctor has tapped home grown zinc-bromine flow battery technology to take his dream home on Tambourine Mountain off-grid and 100 per cent renewable powered – no back-up generator included.

Bboxx Ltd. will provide French pay-TV channels to off-grid solar customers in Africa through its latest deal with Vivendi SA. Let us hope that the French TV program is an enrichment for Africa.

To push exclusively UK energy companies working for energy access the UK government has set up a new funding program. It is available for UK linked companies only - which shows the obvious overall target of this funding.

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