Publication - The Market Opportunity for Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE) in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Title
The Market Opportunity for Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE) in Sub-Saharan Africa
Publisher
World Bank Group - Lighting Global


Published in
October 2019
Abstract
About 65% of land in sub-Saharan Africa is tilled, ploughed or weeded manually, resulting in globally low farm yields, while over a quarter of the adult population in the region suffers from food insecurity.

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.
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