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Powering Productivity

 

Demonstrating the potential for solar mini grids to light up rural Africa.

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Intro


Powering Productivity

 

Demonstrating the potential for solar mini grids to light up rural Africa.

EARLY INSIGHTS:
READ THE REPORT

The opportunity

I had a diesel generator before, but this minigrid electricity is much cheaper and easier.
— User Nancy Kaisa

'Bright Light Syndrome’ is a term often used to explain the migration of young people towards urban areas; opportunities for gainful employment are usually cited as the most important reason for leaving rural villages. With Vulcan’s minigrids, we’ve turned the bright lights on in 10 villages in rural Kenya. The arrival of power allows for entrepreneurship. The majority of new businesses in the villages we’ve electrified have been started by the younger and more tech savvy people.

We’ve learned that, as a result, fewer young people are leaving the village because of these newly available job opportunities.

 


The customer

Digital literacy may indicate a customer with a higher potential Average Revenue Per User (ARPU),

Digital literacy may indicate a customer with a higher potential Average Revenue Per User (ARPU),

Customers often work their way up an energy ladder - starting with pico systems before advancing to mini grids or other larger systems.

Customers often work their way up an energy ladder - starting with pico systems before advancing to mini grids or other larger systems.

There is significant seasonal variation in monthly revenue totals, and this should be factored into financial models. A customer mix that includes a high number of lower-ARPU customers helps hedge against the potential loss of larger, individual customers. 

There is significant seasonal variation in monthly revenue totals, and this should be factored into financial models. A customer mix that includes a high number of lower-ARPU customers helps hedge against the potential loss of larger, individual customers. 


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Paper


More than 2 billion people around the world lack reliable access to electricity. The least electrified region is sub-Saharan Africa, where some 620 million people – mostly in rural areas – lack power.

The off-grid renewable energy industry is tapping into the opportunity presented by a vast market of unconnected people, resulting in the development of innovative business models and technologies.

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More than 2 billion people around the world lack reliable access to electricity. The least electrified region is sub-Saharan Africa, where some 620 million people – mostly in rural areas – lack power.

The off-grid renewable energy industry is tapping into the opportunity presented by a vast market of unconnected people, resulting in the development of innovative business models and technologies.

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