Expanded access to solar power in Africa can stimulate economic development – but there are risks

Expanded access to off-grid solar can help lift millions of Africans out of poverty, according to the African Energy Commission. Image: Unsplash/Jeremy Bezanger

Ben Radley

Lecturer in International Development, University of Bath


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Several studies noted that the maintenance costs for off-grid solar products often surpass what rural households and communities can afford. Image: REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/Pool

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