This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.
A ground-breaking report released by Power for All identifies the five most important national energy policies needed to end electricity poverty for approximately 1 billion rural poor (mostly living in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia), and outlines the steps governments can take to implement those policies, in particular the integration of decentralized renewable solutions into energy infrastructure planning and build-out.
The report centers on new quantitative and qualitative analysis from the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK) — a joint project between the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), University of California, Berkeley and the Power for All campaign. PEAK examined the policies of five high-growth decentralized renewable energy (DRE) markets – India and Bangladesh in Asia, and Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia in Africa – to identify trends in energy policy that will help other countries replicate success.
The report cites Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Tanzania as “leading the world” in adoption of solar energy technology systems including use of solar energy for powering homes.
Power for All is a global campaign to accelerate the deployment of market-based DRE as the key to achieving universal energy access. The campaign is a coalition of over 170 businesses and civil society organizations focused on DRE, including solar, hydro, biomass, and wind designed for households and businesses. Learn more at powerforall.org.