Blog Post - July 2020

What’s Holding Back Off-Grid Solar – And How the Energy Access Sector Can Turn Things Around

From economic empowerment to improved health, access to clean, reliable energy technologies can transform many spheres of life. In remote communities that lack basic infrastructure, off-grid solar technologies can deliver light, warm water, clean cooking and other energy services to households. Now, countries are increasingly looking to off-grid energy technologies to make low and middle-income countries resilient to global crises such as COVID-19. We conducted a systematic literature review to illustrate the enabling environment for off-grid solar uptake in low and middle-income countries. After meticulously screening an initial 6,000 papers for relevance and quality, we were left with about 60 research papers from across the world, representing a diverse array of household solar technologies.