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How off-grid solar would change peoples’ lives

Communities that lived without electricity now have proper lighting through the installation of off-grid renewable energy systems. This has also improved their wellbeing and safety and has led to reduced kerosene usage.

According to a Technology-enabled social impact firm, more than 35,000 customers from 49 off-grid energy organizations in 17 nations were interviewed for three years to be able to compile the study. Among those who sponsored the publication included US development investor Acumen, Energy Efficiency Alliance for Access Coalition, Shell New Energies, 60 Decibels parent company and the UK government development finance body, CDC Group.

In their research, 60 Decibels found out that 37% of it’s the interviewees were living in poverty, despite the availability of financial increment. These limits number seven of the progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

Growth objective shortcoming

The UN’s determination of having people access to sustainable, reliable, affordable as well as modern energy for all by 2030, and possible defects have call attention to five other global agencies. These include United Nations Statistics divisions, International Energy Agency, World Bank, World Health Organization, and International Renewable Energy Agency. They said that 650 million people would still be living without electricity, with 90% of them in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main target of the 60 Decibels respondents was from Sub-Saharan and Southeast Asian countries.

But despite the challenges, the survey found out that the social impact of power access is real. It showed that 88% of the people had improved their quality of life as a result of the energy product. Through the support of the owners of the US giant Standard Oil Company,  the TP Renewable Microgrid Entity, and Tata Power, the project is targeting to install ten thousand mini-grids in India, which will serve 25 million people and 5 million households.

Backing by Oil Company

The Cross-boundary Energy Access (CBEA) in July said that $5.5 million would be deployed in Tanzania for the installation of 60 mini-grids. The tender was given to Shell New Energies that was to sell the resulting infrastructure for recycling the capital invested.

Solar dominance

Solar is estimated to take around 85% of the off-grid solutions. The survey by 60 Decibels showed that many people criticized the price been too high. The report showed that over-indebtedness is a little but significant issue, where 4% of the respondents said that power payment was a huge burden. 5% of the respondents said that they are forced to reduce food consumption costs to pay the energy.

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