Could renewables unlock localised, affordable power generation for Africa?

The slow pace developing Africa's traditional electricity distribution network has, ironically, opened the door for alternative energy generation approaches based on renewabl energy sources and technologies - and their success to date suggests huge potential for the future.

Rapid evolution of solar and wind power systems—and to some extent hydropower and biomass-based methods—are leading the charge to bring smallscale, local energy supply to areas that are remote, have low population densities or are underserved by national infrastructure. It is no coincidence, for instance, that the cellular phone was developed in Scandinavia, where low population density called for an alternative to the costly option of physical cabling over long distances to reach small markets

Acknowledged: Sustainable Energy Resource Handbook

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