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In principle, solar and wind are more than enough to deliver any amount of energy that the world’s population might need. But these sources are usually best exploited in areas that are far from ce ...

In principle, solar and wind are more than enough to deliver any amount of energy that the world’s population might need. But these sources are usually best exploited in areas that are far from centers of demand. It is technologically challenging to transport electricity over large distances and even more to store it. As a consequence, electricity markets have tended to develop as regional markets.

Implement off-grid electricity generation devices in underdeveloped areas without access to electricity grids.

Electricity is a necessity for social and economic development. It has been estimated that in 2008, 1.5 billion people (22 percent of the world’s population) had no access to electricity. Since the majority of people without access to electricity live in rural areas, a quick connection to the existing power grid is difficult and costly. Off-grid solutions, especially but not exclusively based on renewable sources, provide a low-cost, fast and easily implementable alternative.

Poor people in developing countries are often unable to afford electricity, but have dire need of the services that electricity provides, such as light, cooling and communication (including internet access). This opens new opportunities for investors. Aid programs should include investments in decentralized electricity generation, especially targeting the female population, perhaps making them coinvestors via microcredits.

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    Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

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