Energy Access Reports – June 2017

Renewables 2017 Global Status Report, REN21

The 2017 Edition of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report reveals a global energy transition well underway, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, and the decoupling of economic growth and energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This year’s report continues REN21’s long-standing tradition of providing the most up-to-date data and informative infographics to detail renewable energy’s contribution to the energy transition, including a specific section for distributed renewable energy.

Reaching Scale in Access to Energy: Lessons from Practitioners, Hystra

This report investigates barriers and solutions to scale for market-based approaches offering cleaner energy access to low-income customers in developing countries, for home and small scale productive uses. The objective is to learn from a selection of the most innovative and successful practitioners, representing solutions with high potential and innovation dynamics: solar lanterns, solar home systems, clean energy micro-grids, solar irrigation pumps, and improved cook stoves. The findings are based on an in-depth review of the performance and work of 26 practitioners, selected after a global scan of over 300 organizations.

Does basic energy access generate socioeconomic benefits? A field experiment with off-grid solar power in India, Michaël Aklin, Patrick Bayer, S. P. Harish, Johannes Urpelainen

This article assesses the socioeconomic effects of solar micro-grids via a randomized field experiment in India to estimate the causal effect of off-grid solar power on electricity access and broader socioeconomic development of 1,281 rural households. Within a year, electrification rates in the treatment group increased by 29 to 36 percentage points. Daily hours of access to electricity increased only by 0.99 to 1.42 hours, and kerosene expenditure on the black market decreased by 47 to 49 rupees per month. Despite these strong electrification and expenditure effects, no systematic evidence was found for changes in savings, spending, business creation, time spent working or studying, or other broader indicators of socioeconomic development.

Powering Agriculture Gender Guides, Powering Agriculture – An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC)

PAEGC has released a series of 6 topical guides focused on integrating gender into the development and deployment of clean energy solutions for the agricultural sector. The practical guides can assist innovators and others working in the clean energy/agriculture nexus and related fields to better reach and serve women.

The 6 guides, which cover the topics below, provide a brief overview of relevant gender-related issues, resources, examples, and tools, as well as checklists or questionnaires that innovators may use to self-assess how well gender is integrated into their work.


  • Deployment of Clean Energy Solutions
  • Product Development
  • Financial Products
  • Marketing
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Human Resources

Policy Roadmap for 100% RE and Poverty Eradication in Tanzania, World Future Council, Bread for the World, CAN Tanzania

This 50-page document summarizes the outcome of a 1,5 year process which Climate Action Network Tanzania, Bread for the World and the World Future Council and have been engaging with key energy stakeholders in Tanzania to develop a coherent strategy on how to implement 100% Renewable Energy (RE) as part of the country’s Sustainable Low Carbon Development (LCD) and Poverty Reduction Goals.

It was developed based on bilateral meetings, workshops, conferences and site visits and builds on the expertise of Tanzanian government officials, parliamentarians, civil society representatives (climate, environment, faith groups) as well as researchers and energy industry representatives.

The policy roadmap includes a policy analysis of the Tanzanian energy context, unveils the potential and current barriers for scaling up RE, especially for eradicating poverty and makes concrete recommendations on how to overcome them. Learnings from Bangladesh were taken into account as one activity in this project was a South-South Study Tour.

Mini Grid Market Opportunity Assessment: Mozambique, SEforALL Africa Hub – AfDB

The Green Mini-Grid Market Development Programme document series is a market assessment for green mini-grids for rural electrification in Mozambique.  There are three principal options for providing new connections to currently underserved populations in Africa, namely i) the extension of the national grid ii) installation of mini-grids to operate independently from the main grid, and iii) stand-alone generating systems that supply individual consumers. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted that by 2040, 70 percent of new rural electricity supply in Africa will be from stand-alone systems and mini-grids.  The report suggests that 22% of Mozambique’s population, or 5.6 million people, would be best served by mini-grids.

The Africa Competitiveness Report 2017: Addressing Africa’s Demographic Dividend, AfDB, World Economic Forum, World Bank

Published on a biennial basis, The Africa Competitiveness Report highlights areas requiring policy action and investment to ensure that Africa lays a solid foundation for sustained and inclusive growth.

By conducting a comprehensive analysis of Africa’s most pressing competitiveness challenges, the Report discusses the barriers and challenges to putting Africa’s economies onto a solid footing and helping them to achieve sustainable, broad-based growth, taking into account rapid demographic changes.

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, IRENA

This report presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million people around the world in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over 2015.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power was the largest employer, with 3.1 million jobs, up 12% from 2015. The growth came mainly from China, the United States and India, whereas jobs decreased for the first time in Japan, and continued to decline in the European Union. New wind power installations in the United States, Germany, India and Brazil, meanwhile, contributed to the increase in global wind employment by 7%, to reach 1.2 million jobs.