Accelerating Pico-Solar Photovoltaic Lighting Market in Kenya

18 Jan 2019
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Introduction

Access to modern energy services is a key enabler of socio-economic development. An estimated 1.5 billion people continue to live without access to electricity and 2.4 billion rely on traditional cooking fuels. More than 95 per cent of these people are either in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) or developing Asia and 84 per cent are in rural areas

Solar and other renewable energy technologies can significantly enhance energy access and contributes to economic and social development. This is especially true to the 1.5 billion people worldwide, many of whom live in isolated areas with no access to electricity or to clean water, primary health care, education and other basic services, all of which are largely dependent on access to electricity.

pico-solar photovoltaic lighting systems are the smallest, often portable photovoltaic (PV) systems that mostly combine a rechargeable battery and charge controller, with a very small Photo Voltaic (PV) panel. This policy brief looks at why there is need to focus on awareness creation and capacity building of stakeholders including policy makers, entrepreneurs, financiers and consumers including on required institutional and infrastructure to support pico-solar market.

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