The fact is, energy is a human right, but extending electricity to every human being who both requires and desires it, cannot be done solely through national electrical grids. The solution will most likely involve the implementation of mini grids and other decentralized options. This is especially true in the case of isolated communities.
Mini grids offer an alternative that entirely avoids many of the challenges that new and expensive grid infrastructure investments require. Mini grid systems are becoming increasingly competitive compared to the cost of traditional grid extension programmes, thanks to our battery storage, and are a key component in achieving universal access to electricity for all. The reasons for this are the rapidly decreasing costs of the technology, increasing reliability and a solid deployment track record, all of which have strengthened the case for the accelerated adoption of stand-alone and mini grid solar solutions across the continent.