28 November 2019

Understanding off-grid data: Project RISE shares findings at AIX: Power & Renewables 2019

Project RISE presents central research findings at AIX: Power & Renewables 2019

Dr Susann Stritzke was invited to present central findings of project RISE at the panel session ‘Understanding off-grid data’ at the Africa Investment Exchange (AIX): Power & Renewables meeting in London this month.

The main theme of Dr Stritzke’s presentation was the impact of private/ donor-driven rural electrification on the number of established connections and the productive use of energy in Zambia. Dr Stritzke illustrated that despite the significant success of a donor-driven rural electrification programme in Zambia, the actual productive use of energy which is seen as a central driver for long-term socio-economic development and sustainability of energy solutions is still at a very low level of less than 2% of the overall connections. The findings suggest that the complex challenges for rural communities require integrated infrastructure approaches and innovative business models.

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