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Standards for Stand-Alone Solar: Guidance for Governments


Off-grid solar solutions have accelerated electrification in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) due to the ease with which they can be deployed. They have made it easier for governments to fast track universal electrification, especially in areas where grid extension is uneconomical. In fact, electrification in SSA is now outpacing population growth thanks to off-grid solar solutions. Off-grid solar solutions constitute 85% of all off-grid technologies. Consumers of these solar products are enjoying better lighting, improved health, longer working or study hours, higher incomes and new job opportunities. Moreover, consumers undertaking more than two income generating activities after adopting solar, are getting an average additional income of up to $53 per month.

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