Impact of COVID-19 on Energy Access

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The global pandemic COVID-19 has completely uprooted our lives and changed the way we work. It also has a tremendous impact on the off-grid energy sector. According to a survey by GOGLA, if this situation lasts for more than 3-4 months, many off-grid companies (almost 50%) will not survive. One of the biggest problems of off-grid companies is liquidity. Due to the current situation, customer liquidity has gone down, new sales have decreased, access to capital is either slowed or reduced and this has made it difficult to maintain the infrastructures.

CALL TO ACTION: Roadmap for the decentralised renewables sector to survive and flourish in the wake of thecovid-19 crisis

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Women leaders call for action in response to Covid-19: Opening opportunities for gender equality in the transition to sustainable energy


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Links to Corona related Energy Access Articles

Title Author/Source Published date
Fact Sheet: COVID impact at a glance Power for All 16 Sep

Falling clean energy costs provide opportunity to boost climate action in COVID-19 recovery packages

UN Environment Programme
10 June, 2020

Editor's pick: Powering health across Africa through COVID-19 and a changing climate

Richenda Van Leeuwen​​​​​​ and Alexis Tubb (Rocky Mountain Institute)

19 May, 2020

Energy access and clean cooking solutions must be part of Covid-19 economic recovery plans

Eco Matser (Program Manager Climate & Energy at Hivos), Sheila Oparaocha (International Coordinator and Program Manager at ENERGIA) and Hon. Kandeh Yumkella (Ph.D., Founder & CEO of The Energy Nexus Network – TENN)

19 May, 2020

5 Things to Know About How Coronavirus Has Hit Global Energy

Douglas Broom, World Economic Forum 18 May 2020

Power in a pandemic: why energy access matters more than ever

By Faith Temba, Energy Advisor (Bio Energy), Practical action

May 2020

Gender and energy at center stage in COVID-19 battle: Powering a more gender-equal recovery

Elizabeth Cecelski and Sheila Oparaocha, ENERGIA

May 2020

Closing the electricity access gap in times of COVID-19

Martijn Veen, SNV

May 2020

How clean energy can power a COVID-19 recovery

Marcel Alers, UNDP

15 May

Southeast Asia’s energy transition needs to accelerate as COVID-19 highlights gaps in resilience

Roberto Bocca and Harsh Vijay Singh, The Jakarta Post

15 May 2020

IRENA and UN Commission to step up Asia-Pacific’s efforts to combat Covid-19 crisis

Chhaya Dabas, Energy Live News

12 May, 2020

Investing in smart off-grid utilities can offset COVID-19 induced energy crisis

Justus Mucyo, The New Times

8 May, 2020

COVID-19: Post-crisis clean energy progress will need reliable supplies of critical minerals, says IEA


8 May, 2020

Renewable energy must form a major part of the post-COVID-19 recovery plan in Nigeria


7 May, 2020

Covid-19 will have high impact on renewable energy projects: Poll

Global Data Energy

4 May, 2020

Experts call upon govt to run rural healthcare centres on solar power

Manka Behl, Times of India

3 May, 2020

COVID-19 emergency relief package to electrify health centres in Africa

Smart Energy International

1 May, 2020

Opinion: Can COVID-19 accelerate funding for access to electricity?

Ujunwa Ojemeni , Devex

1 May, 2020

Transforming the energy system—a post-COVID-19 win-win for people and planet

Modern Diplomacy

30 April 2020

COVID-19 to accelerate solar adoption across sub-Saharan Africa

Nicholas Nhede, ESI Africa

29 April, 2020

Transforming the energy system—a post-COVID-19 win-win for people and planet

Niklas Hagelberg and Mark Radka, UN Environment Programme

29 April

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 lessons offer hope for global efforts to address climate change impacts

Africa Press Office

28 April

COVID-19 crisis reinforces the importance of the sustainable energy transition

Michael Williamson and Anis Zaman, UN ESCAP

27 April

OPINION World Bank/SEforALL | Energy Access Takes Center Stage in Fighting COVID-19

Riccardo Puliti, World Bank

22 April

COVID19’s impact on India’s solar industry

Ameya Pimpalkhare

22 April

Coronavirus crisis threatens to cut off clean electricity lifeline for poor

Megan Rowling, Thomas Reuters Foundation

20 April

Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Energy) and Covid-19 in Situations of Displacement: A Briefing Note


20 April 

COVID-19 Roundup

by Power for All about the collective action being taken by the energy access community globally

20 April

Opinion: The effects of coronavirus measures on electricity markets

Alex Gilbert and Morgan Bazilian, Utility Dive

20 April

Beating Covid Is All About Electricity

Robert Bryce, Forbes

19 April

The unseen linkage between clean cooking solutions and pandemic: how to save millions of potential victims Long-sighted strategies are required to unlock significant benefits for all

Hivos Energy

16 April

African Union and IRENA to Advance Renewables in Response to Covid-19,


16 April

CALL TO ACTION: Roadmap for the decentralised renewables sector to survive and flourish in the wake of thecovid-19 crisis


15 April

OPINION: COVID-19, air pollution and cooking: a deadly connection#

"The ability for doctors to treat infected populations is based on the assumption that clinics and medical equipment are fully functioning with access to sufficient, uninterrupted, reliable electricity...

Hajia Samira Bawumia & Dymphna van der Lans | @SBawumia | Clean Cooking Alliance

15 April

Covid lockdown will impact rooftop solar more than grid-connected projects, says Care Ratings

Uma Gupta, PV Magazine

14 April

How Will Last-Mile Distributors Adapt to and Survive the COVID-19 Crisis?

Emma Colenbrander, Practical Action, Global Distributors Collective (GDC)

14 April

COVID-19: Lessons learnt and outlooks for sustainable, low carbon transport


14 April

Staying on Course: Renewable Energy in the Time of COVID-19


10 April

OP-Ed COVID-19 is a huge threat to Africa’s off-grid energy sector and its millions of customers – here’s what needs to be done

Mansoor Hamayun, CNBC

9 April

Here's why energy security is a vital tool in tackling a pandemic

World Economic Forum

6 April

COVID-19 — the Global South must not be forgotten

Morgan Bazilian and Jay Lemery The Hill

5 April

OPINION: Power in a pandemic - why energy access matters during coronavirus

Damilola Ogunbiyi, SEforALL

31 March

COVID-19: Nigeria should prioritise power supply to health care facilities

Samuel Ayokunle Olowosejeje, The Conversation

30 March

Coronavirus outbreak has serious impact on solar industry

Renewable Energy Hub

20 March
Linking Energy, Food Security, and Health Can Help Face COVID-19
Olivier Dubois 26 May, 2020

How to COVID-proof Early Stage Clean Energy Companies

EEP Coordination Office
05 May, 2020

Impact of Covid on the off-grid energy sector

J. Namuyanja/Daily Monitor
11 July, 2020

Philanthropies pump US$50 million into clean energy projects in Southeast Asia to address Covid-19 funding gaps

Robin Hicks 01 July, 2020