"Tim makes a couple of very good points of how governments and development partners can facilitate expanding energy access in Africa. Indeed, a number of governments are doing just that -- whether it be DFID and USAID support for governments,…"
"You're right that a systems lens helps with the risk-benefit calculation, but only if you're an investor that recognizes the value in that kind of a consideration factored into the business case -- i.e., an impact investor. The problem, of…"
"Business has to be part of the solution. Closing the energy gap absolutely, without any doubt requires private investment - state-owned utilities are clearly not only up to solving the problem, but many would argue that they're actually a…"
"Christian - I'm one of those people who argues that central utilities are not the sole solution...and, as you say, there are a number of challenges with smaller distributed generation projects. One of the biggest problems is one you…"
"There are so many ways that the energy gap impacts life - and business - in Africa, that it's almost the wrong question to ask. The better focus is on what development advancements could be made by increasing access to reliable,…"
"Investment, investment, investment. If you speak to any investment promotion authority in Africa, they'l tell you that the first question a potential investor asks is about the power situation. When you have to run auxiliary…"