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Publication - Strengthening the Off-grid Solar Electrification Market Through Improved Policy and Advocacy in East Africa
Strengthening the Off-grid Solar Electrification Market Through Improved Policy and Advocacy in East Africa
GOGLA and Goldstone Enterprise Consulting & Training
National Renewable Energy Associations
East African countries have set national electrification targets and developed strategies for universal energy access through RE policies which focus on off-grid electrification. Despite their existence, these policies and strategies remain largely on paper. Implementation has been hampered by limited budgets, competing priorities, weak follow up, and uncoordinated execution of activities by stakeholders in the RE industry. A policy gap analysis was conducted during the first quarter of 2021, by examining the energy sector of the East African countries and a range of themes concerning off-grid electrification which were used to guide the study. These included affordability, institutional capacity, skills development, innovation and technology, finance and investment and standards and quality, as well as assessments of the current status of the RE sector.