The State of the Planet Blog has a new post about our project on solar power for Africa!
Nathalie Zapletal writes:
Phase 1 of the project will consist of an initial study to investigate the cause and effect relationship between energy and development, identify the make-up of basic energy services and infrastructure, and develop key metrics for estimating development impact. In addition, this phase will identify and develop innovative technologies and business models that can improve energy access and thereby enhance energy-led development in low-income settings to help households overcome poverty, businesses thrive, and community services run. Finally, this first phase will identify corridors and regions of growth where energy infrastructure could have a high benefit to cost.
Subsequent project phases will demonstrate, deploy and scale up innovative technologies and business models, such as modular electricity micro-grids (flared gas and solar), smart meters, and prepay and mobile technologies. The project will coordinate closely with the UN system and its new Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Once such projects are identified, it is envisaged for the study to be made publicly available in order for private sector companies, donors, countries and investors to take the lead in implementation.