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Solar Power in Africa's Supply Chain

In the developed world, electricity is cheap and as available as the nearest outlet. But in off-the-grid Africa, energy poverty is endemic. With national grid expansion lagging well behind growth in demand, increasingly Africans are looking not to centralized, fossil fuel-based solutions, but to the sun.

Solar Power in Africa's Supply Chain

To date, solar power plays only an auxiliary role in Africa's energy mix, but growth in solar use is emblematic of a regional shift toward renewables. In 2004, the African renewable energy sector was valued at $750m. By 2011, it reached $3.6bn. Late last year, the UN projected that by 2020 the value of the African renewable energy sector would reach $57bn.

Solar is particularly well-suited to sunny, equatorial Central and East Africa, where, in the words of one entrepreneur, "energy is everyday beating people on the head." In recent years, the region has become a haven for renewable energy, spearheaded by small, tech- savvy companies keen to capitalize on the global south's hunger for energy.

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Keywords: supply chain, supply chain management, green logistics, supply chain sustainability, solar power, solar in the supply chain

To date, solar power plays only an auxiliary role in Africa's energy mix, but growth in solar use is emblematic of a regional shift toward renewables. In 2004, the African renewable energy sector was valued at $750m. By 2011, it reached $3.6bn. Late last year, the UN projected that by 2020 the value of the African renewable energy sector would reach $57bn.

Solar is particularly well-suited to sunny, equatorial Central and East Africa, where, in the words of one entrepreneur, "energy is everyday beating people on the head." In recent years, the region has become a haven for renewable energy, spearheaded by small, tech- savvy companies keen to capitalize on the global south's hunger for energy.

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Keywords: supply chain, supply chain management, green logistics, supply chain sustainability, solar power, solar in the supply chain

Solar Power in Africa's Supply Chain