Bboxx & UCL’s Off-Grid Electricity Report

Prioritize Off-Grid Solar In Sub-Saharan Africa For Economic Prosperity

Bboxx & UCL’s Off-Grid Electricity Report

Women’s perspectives in Sub-Saharan Africa must be incorporated in all energy policies in the region to make sure there is inclusivity, emphasized Bboxx and University College London (UCL) in a report. (Photo Credit: Bboxx)

  • Bboxx and UCL report links economic prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa with off-grid solar
  • Writers of the report believe there must be supportive policy environment to ensure solar electricity is used for commercial, agricultural or industrial applications
  • Energy policies should be gender inclusive and gender sensitive to foster more inclusive economic prosperity

Governments and policymakers in Sub-Saharan Africa need to prioritize off-grid solar urgently if they wish to ‘accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic development’, claims a report by Bboxx and University College London (UCL). The university has participated in the report through the UCL Engineering for International Development Centre (EFID).

“We have found extensive evidence of the irrefutable link between greater access to solar energy in off-grid communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and economic development and prosperity,” said UCL’s Dr. Priti Parikh.

Seeing a direct correlation between the 2 aspects, the report writers argue that inequality in energy access in the region always existed, prior the advent of COVID-19. Now, as part of the ‘build back better’ sentiment, governments need to design supportive policy environments to be lenient with energy consumers who are struggling to make bill payments on time. Incentives should also be offered to bring down energy costs, and stimulate local economic development.

Governments must develop policies to ensure solar electricity is used not only for lighting or television, it also needs to be used for commercial, agricultural or industrial uses to ensure economic growth.

All kinds of energy policies must also be gender inclusive and gender sensitive. The writers stress that women’s experiences must be incorporated into energy policymaking and project planning to ‘foster’ more inclusive economic prosperity from energy.

“All the talk of building back better from Covid needs to confront the hard truths about the terrible inequality of energy access, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Providing universal access to clean energy is a crucial catalyst for shaping the green and inclusive recovery that we must deliver,” added Senior Adviser to Nick Hurd.

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Anu Bhambhani

Senior News Editor: Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews. Anu is our solar news whirlwind. At TaiyangNews she covers everything that is of importance in the world of solar power.Before joining our team, Anu worked in various positions at publications of the Times Group in New Delhi. As a Principal Correspondent, she conceptualized special features and supplements for both The Times of India and The Economic Times. While Anu delved deep into solar at TaiyangNews, environment topics have been close to her heart before. As Assistant Editor, she was responsible for launching Planet Earth for The Economic Times, a special series on environment. Before joining the Times Group, Anu was a Copy Editor at the Hindustan Times.Anu holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Rajasthan. She also studied at the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi on E-Outreach: New Media Technologies for Advocacy and Strategic Communication, Social Media

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