RES4Africa WEF Nexus Publication

Res4Africa is an institution which works to contribute to policy and regulations necessary to expand the renewable energy sector in Africa. Their three key work streams include transforming goals into policy, policy into action, and action into skills. This is achieved through policy dialogue and advisory services, innovative market solutions, and local capacity building. 

Publication: RE-thinking Access to Energy Business Models: Ways to Walk the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Talk in Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors:  Marco Aresti, Amy Barclay, Paolo Cherubini, Olivier Dubois, Florent Eveillé, Davide Fioriti , Valeria Gambino, Christian Gertig, Andrés González García, Andrea Micangeli, John Shehata, Susan Stritzke, Carlo Tacconelli, Luca Traini, Philipp Trotter, Stephan van den Berg, Timothy Volk

Excerpt from Executive Summary

Looking at 2030, universal access to electricity will remain an African issue. Considering the policies and implementing measures adopted as of mid-2018 along with relevant policy proposals announced, the IEA estimates that the world will count 650 million people with no electricity in 2030, 90% of which in Sub-Saharan Africa, and mostly living in rural areas. Promoting private sector’s investments is now recognized as fundamental to accelerate access to electricity. This urges governments to strike a balance between ensuring affordable and equitable access to energy to rural people, and favouring a low risk environment to developers and investors. The main issue lies in the fact that rural electrification is more expensive than the electrification of high-density and well-connected urban areas, and this applies to grid extension, micro-grid electrification and isolated systems. Therefore, to reach rural areas and provide access to affordable, reliable,
sustainable and modern electricity to low income people, it is necessary to fill the gap between possible revenues from off-takers and the costs of rural electrification.

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Published December 2019 by Res4Africa and the enel Foundation

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