I am sure that most people reading this blog hardly give a thought to electricity, excerpt perhaps when the utility bill arrive or a storm disables a few power lines for a day or two. Having electricity seems as natural and normal as breathing. But here we are, well into the 2000s, and more than one billion people still don’t have what the rest of us consider an essential necessity.
Here is a map from Virtual Capitalist showing where — mostly in Africa — the lack of power hits home.
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As the article notes:
“Between 2009 and 2015, solar PV module prices fell by 80%, ushering in a new era of affordability. Solar powered mini-grids don’t just have the potential to bring electricity to new markets, it can also replace the diesel-powered generators commonly used in Africa.”