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Powering Opportunity in South Asia
Susie Wheeldon, Sjef Ketelaars, Emmanuel de Dinechin, Guillaume de Chorivit, Oliver Reynolds
Published in
February 2020
Tracking the impact of off-grid solar is an essential part of GOGLA’s work to support the industry. This latest iteration of the ‘Powering Opportunity’ reports, ‘Powering Opportunity South Asia: From Work to Well-being, the Important Role of Small Scale Solar,’ offers insight, analysis and new data on the social and economic impact of off-grid solar in the region.

Supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), this report explores how solar home systems (SHS) enable households in South Asia to improve their quality of life, become more active members of the workforce, and boost their income. The research took place in India and Pakistan with customers of three leading Solar Home System (SHS) providers: EcoEnergy, Greenlight Planet and Simpa Networks. Researchers were able to collect and analyse data from 949 customers who purchased their SHS in the first half of 2019.

This study follows three previous regional reports published by GOGLA which focused on East and West Africa, ‘Powering Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Off-Grid Solar’ (2018), ‘Powering Opportunity in East Africa: Proving Off-Grid Solar is a Power Tool for Change’ (2019), and ‘Powering Opportunity in West Africa: Improving Lives, Powering Livelihoods with Off-Grid Solar’ (2019). This is the final regional study in this series. The series will be concluded in March 2020 with a global compilation report.