How Africa and India are hacking the grid

A rapidly growing army of entrepreneurs and companies in Africa and South Asia are creating a new energy paradigm built on services, community and flexibility.

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There are multiple choices ahead for Africa thanks to the rapid rise of clean energy. Compared to the fossil-fuelled status quo, clean energy has the ability to distribute power more equitably, provide cheaper energy, more energy access, cleaner air and water, and create many more jobs.

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There is a pressing need to democratize energy access using off-grid, decentralized power generation. This would enable communities to have greater control and sovereignty over energy. The country also needs to reform and develop its key energy institutions.