Catalyzing investment for energy access: making the case for change

A groundbreaking report released by Energise Africa and Power for All identifies the major policy and financial barriers to investment in Ethiopia’s off-grid solar market. The report compares Ethiopia’s market to that of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and outlines the long-term reforms that are needed for decentralised renewable development and short-term actions that can be rapidly implemented to introduce new dynamism in the country’s energy ecosystem. With a population of over 110 million people, and growing per capita electricity consumption, Ethiopia could be a huge market for solar pay-as-you-go, but historically, financial and policy barriers have constrained the expansion of the developing decentralised renewable energy (DRE) sector.