Responsible Finance Forum

POWERING OPPORTUNITY IN EAST AFRICA: PROVING OFF-GRID SOLAR IS A POWER TOOL FOR CHANGE

Susie Wheeldon , Sjef Ketelaars, Emmanuel de Dinechin, Guillaume de Chorivit, Oliver Reynolds and Clémence Laevens
16 September 2019
Source:  GOGLA

Confirming the positive socioeconomic impact of solar home systems over a longer period of time, Powering Opportunity in East Africa. Proving Off-Grid Solar is a Power Tool for Change finds:

  • An overwhelming majority (94%) of people living with solar home systems reporting improvements to their quality of life.
  • 34% of households report being more economically active with 28% making an additional $46 per month on average.

The research, funded by UK aid from the UK government, and conducted by Altai Consulting, was based on data collected from over 1,400 small-scale pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar owners in Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda who owned their solar home system for ca. 15 months.

Originally published on GOGLA’s website