Report: Power Africa Off-grid Market Assessments
Beyond the Grid Overview
Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa live without access to electricity. Although many of these people will be connected to the electricity grid in the future, some live in remote areas that will never be connected. Even those who will be connected may face a long wait as the infrastructure build-out tries to keep up with population growth. Power Africa recognized the need to support off-grid electricity access and in 2014 launched the Beyond the Grid sub-Initiative focused exclusively on unlocking investment and growth for off-grid and small-scale energy solutions on the African continent.
Beyond the Grid leverages Power Africa’s innovative transaction-focused model to galvanize collaboration, engage in critical actions to accelerate transactions, and drive systemic reforms to facilitate future investment specifically relating to off-grid and small-scale energy solutions. Beyond the Grid has partnered with over 40 investors and practitioners that have committed to invest over $1 billion into off-grid and small-scale solutions to this market. These private sector commitments will be significant in helping Power Africa achieve its target of 60 million new connections for households and businesses.
Beyond the Grid is accelerating off-grid electricity access, focusing on two strategic priorities – household solar and micro-grids – to add 25-30 million new connections by 2030, in support of achieving the overall Power Africa goal of adding 60 million new home and business connections.
Scaling up the household solar energy market by increasing access to financing and providing technical assistance. USAID’s Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development with founding partners the U.K. Department for International Development and the Shell Foundation, is the flagship activity advancing household solar.
Striving to identify scalable micro-grids that offer opportunities for powering rural communities and industry. Strategic partnerships with the Global Lighting & Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will further implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework for Mini-Grids(link is external).
Off-grid Solar Market Assessments (2019)
These market assessments provide companies, investors, governments, and other key stakeholders a detailed understanding of off-grid solar energy markets in ten sub-Saharan African countries. The countries chosen for the market assessments are focus countries for the Power Africa Off-grid Project. In creating the market assessments, lead authors performed desk studies, incorporated technical expertise from lead advisors, conducted stakeholder interviews, and analyzed data from a variety of sources. The market assessments cover the following themes:
- Characteristics of countries’ electricity sectors
- Electrification targets and current electrification status
- Government regulations
- Donor-funded activities
- Gender mainstreaming
- Detailed market information relating to stand-alone solar home systems, mini-grids and productive uses of energy
Off-grid Solar Market Assessments
Download the off-grid solar market reports of different countries below: