August 2019 | Next up, manufacturing
After a decade of mostly importing from China, a new trend is emerging in Africa and Asia: solar product and mini-grid manufacturers are beginning to set up plants in both continents to expand local markets. Read »
In Conversation: Making solar lamps in Rwanda

Dutch company NOTS Solar Lamps plans to establish a factory in Rwanda to manufacture solar lighting solutions for home and business. CEO Bart Hartman discusses the reasons why, and plans for future market expansion. Listen »

Video: Market activation at work

Learn more about the 25x25 Electricity Access Acceleration Collaborative, which aims to speed up adoption of decentralized renewable energy in 25 emerging economies by 2025. Watch »

Fact Sheet: Mini-grids set for 60% cost decline
A study by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) shows how through various cost reductions, rural mini-grids can quickly scale as a commercially viable business model to provide access to millions of people and businesses across sub-Saharan Africa. More »
Research Summary: US$440 per person needed to scale mini-grids  
According to a new World Bank report, only US$28 billion has been injected in global mini-grid deployment to date, far from the US$220 billion needed to achieve their full potential. Details »
Campaign Updates

Power for All presented a Utilities 2.0 progress report to Ugandan utility Umeme and reviewed business concepts to be further developed and tested. Also learn about our participation in upcoming events in London and Nairobi and new team members. Keep up to date »

"Countless solar power equipment and tools which are in high demand in Africa cannot be made locally. While there are a few businesses involved in local production (varying from assembly of batteries and PV panels to simpler component manufacturing), the bulk of the solar products in use within the continent originates from foreign markets."

-   Chijioke Mama, Senior Energy Analyst, EnergyDATAR Nigeria, 2017
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