Publication - The Market Opportunity for Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE) in Sub-Saharan Africa
A new slate of agricultural appliances powered by off-grid solar energy and suitable for small-holder farmers are now emerging along the sector’s newest frontier – productive uses leveraging solar energy (PULSE), which can provide livelihoods and income-enhancing opportunities for households.
A market for these new applications is emerging, and is explored in our new report, “The Market Opportunity for Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE) in Sub-Saharan Africa.” This report provides an overview of the market for PULSE micro-applications, which can be powered by standalone solar systems of one kilowatt or less.The micro-PULSE segment represents a natural extension for off-grid manufacturers and suppliers that have achieved great success in expanding energy access in rural areas. Geographically, the focus of the report is on sub-Saharan Africa with a deeper dive on Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Cote d’Ivoire. It seeks to inform the strategy of industry, government, and development actors and to catalyze the market for PULSE solutions across Africa.