Featured Resources – January 2018

“Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2018” released at Global Off-Grid Solar Forum

The “Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2018” is the fourth report in a biennial series established over the past 8 years as the report of record for the off-grid solar industry. The 2018 publication takes stock of the industry across six axes: market fundamentals, sales, the competitive landscape, finance, the enabling environment, and impact. It provides in-depth analysis on current market dynamics, projections for the coming five years, and a blueprint for how actors in this market can compete in a swiftly evolving industry ecosystem.

One of the key findings of the report is the dynamic growth of solar devices over the past decade: an estimated 130 million off-grid solar products have been sold globally since 2010. Selling in over 100 countries, these devices often provide critical first-time access to lighting and other energy services to the 2.2 billion people who still lack grid connection or reliable electricity. As the market has grown, so has the supplier base: a little over 60 dedicated suppliers in 2010 has grown to over 330 today, with increasing specialization along the value chain. Sales growth of smaller devices are stabilizing, while larger devices have witnessed explosive growth of over 85% annually since 2014.

“The numbers in the report reflect a dynamic young industry that is altering the economic landscape of developing countries while delivering unprecedented development impact,” explains Russell Sturm, Global Head of Energy Access at the International Finance Corporation. “However, the real story of the sector lies in the transformative power of innovation as revolutionary new business models and disruptive technologies continue to emerge across the market. This report provides a compelling view under the hood of that dynamic machine and casts a light on what may lie around the corner”.

Investment in the sector doubled annually from 2012-2016, with companies raising approximately USD 922 million in financing between 2012 and 2017. Ten market leaders have moved ahead of the pack, attracting over 90% of all financing in 2016. Governments, too, are increasingly supportive of the off-grid solar market: they are incorporating off-grid solar solutions into their national electrification plans and developing regulation to support the private sector and protect consumers.

Governments, too, are increasingly supportive of the off-grid solar market: they are incorporating off-grid solar solutions into their national electrification plans and developing regulation to support the private sector and protect consumers. Fast-moving performance and cost improvements in solar PV, battery, and appliance technologies also amplify the sector’s potential.

Together, these and other trends explored in the report are expected to boost annual off-grid solar sales to 70 million units and USD 8 billion in revenues in 2022.


Other Resources

Florence School of Regulation launches new course “Regulation for Universal Access to Energy”

The Florence School of Regulation’s new “Regulation for Universal Access to Energy” course will focus on energy sector issues pertinent to developing countries. This course brings together over 30 experts from across the world to offer comprehensive training to design appropriate policy and regulatory framework needed to ensure sustainable energy for all.

Through the six knowledge blocks of the course, participants are enabled to learn how the multidimensional tools correlate with electrification pathways such as grid extensions, stand-alone systems and microgrids and the clean cooking area. As such, the course takes a holistic view of energy access while emphasizing the role of regulation.

This course is fully online and taught in English (with an option of French and Spanish subtitles for the video lectures). The length of the course is approximately 4.5 months. The course is divided into 6 knowledge blocks with a total of 17 lessons and 6 Live panels. The estimated workload is 4-6 hours per week.

To learn more, please visit the course webpage

IEA World Energy Outlook-2017 Special Report: Energy Access Outlook

The International Energy Agency produced this Special Report, part of its flagship World Energy Outlook (WEO) series against the backdrop of the declining cost of decentralised renewables, increased access to affordable energy efficient appliances and the use of mobile platforms that are changing the way we think about providing energy access.

This report:

– Expands and updates the WEO’s country-by-country electricity and clean cooking access database, and assesses the status for all developing countries, reviewing recent trends and policy efforts up to 2016

– Presents a global and regional electricity and clean cooking access outlook to 2030, with a dedicated chapter on sub-Saharan Africa

– Provides a pathway for achieving access to modern energy for all by 2030, identifying policy priorities, detailing investment needs, and the role that decentralised and on-grid solutions may play

– Analyses how energy development can unleash economic growth in sectors such as agriculture, and explores how energy access intersects with other issues such as gender, health and climate change