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New Blog! Solar technologies can speed up vaccine rollout in Africa. Here’s how.

The success of national vaccine distribution efforts depends on a functional cold chain. EAP’s Rob Fetter shared how solar can be a part of the solution in The Conversation.

March 22, 2021

Listen now! Balancing Competition & Subsidy: Mini-Grid Incentives Programs in Africa Webinar

What can we learn from countries trying to scale mini-grid deployment? In this webinar, hear early lessons from Africa in the latest report from the Energy Access Project at Duke, “Balancing Competition and Subsidy: Mini-grid Incentive Programs in Africa.” EAP’s Jonathan Phillips and Victoria Plutshack led the discussion with a host of experts in the field.

February 22, 2021

New Report! Business model innovations for utility and mini-grid integration: Insights from the Utilities 2.0 initiative in Uganda

As a wave of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) technologies and business models are changing the energy service delivery landscape, this new Energy Insight focuses on the opportunities for distribution utilities and mini-grid developers to collaborate.

December 15, 2020

PV Magazine: Machine learning: ‘New electricity’ enabling access

EAP research on using satellite and drone imagery to automatically detect solar PV panels featured in PV Magazine.

August 25, 2020

Energy Voice: Power in the time of a pandemic

In developing countries, unreliable energy access presents additional challenges in responses to COVID-19. EAP’s Rob Fetter told Energy Voice that off-grid solutions could be implemented relatively quickly to help address the issue.

July 13, 2020

You can’t fight pandemics without power

The piece addresses the importance of reliable electricity access for monitoring and treatment of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, in sub-Saharan Africa.

June 5, 2020

An off-grid energy future requires learning from the past

The more things change, the more they stay the same. EAP’s latest in the Brookings Future Development blog explores the electrification experiences of seven countries, their program costs and the subsidies required to bridge the gap between the cost of providing last-mile electricity and what poorer customers are able to pay.

May 6, 2020

New Publication: Lessons for Modernizing Energy Access Finance, Part 1

Countries facing electricity access challenges today have more options and potential electrification pathways than ever before, but the initial cost of connecting new rural customers remains an expensive proposition. This brief explores the successful rural electrification experiences of seven case countries—Brazil, Chile, Laos, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Tunisia—looking specifically at the cost of connections and how subsidies and public financing were deployed to address the affordability challenge and facilitate energy access.

May 1, 2020

A series of Events with Olasimbo Sojinrin

We will be hosting a series of events with Ms. Olasimbo Sojinrin. Olasimbo is the country director of Solar Sister in Nigeria. Solar Sister is an organization that enables electrification in last-mile rural communities by training its women to be entrepreneurs that distribute clean energy technology in their home communities. Their work spans across 5 countries, and they have enabled over 10,000 entrepreneurs.

March 10, 2020
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