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By Maxwell Mapako, Abel Mbewe

Power provide is a key think about fiscal and social improvement, yet loss of sleek strength in rural parts limits efforts to relieve poverty and increase residing criteria. This e-book identifies the choices for offering glossy and greater renewables-based power to low-income rural components, with specified emphasis at the its effective makes use of. within the 5 nations represented - Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe - the members specialize in the benefits of a decentralized method of strength supply, the function of income-generating actions in attracting sleek power companies to rural parts, and the obstacles in addition to possibilities that exist within the merchandising of renewable power applied sciences.

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On the other hand, it is quite feasible to expect a typical small-scale entrepreneur in the USA or Europe to start a business with such a sum. The most successful renewable technologies in rural Africa are likely to be the ones that can generate income and facilitate the start-up of small or micro enterprises. PV is generally unsuitable for powering rural enterprises. One could argue that the use of the GNP per capita figure is misleading, as it does not represent household income. The typical size of a rural household is about six persons.

Substantial financing in the form of grants and credit has been provided to various initiatives disseminating PV technologies in rural Africa. Experience to date, however, has fallen below expectations. , 2000). 22 Comparative costs of solar panels and other rural energy devices Prices of solar PV panels in Kenya in 2001 Sizes of panels Cost of panel only (in US$) 10 W 15 W 20 W 40 W 50 W 60 W 110 W 120 W 72 89 137 210 261 350 529 580 Comparative costs Improved firewood stove Kerosene stove Solar dryer 300 W micro-hydropower generator Manual grinder Manual water pump Animal-drawn cart Animal-drawn plough Sewing machine 2 5 10 30 56 63 70 100 115 Source: AFREPREN/FWD, 2001 fully operational (Mapako, 2003).

In the foreseeable future, it is unlikely that rural electrification levels in most countries in the region will substantially increase. There is need to rethink the design and implementation of rural electrification programmes carefully. 7 Rural electrification revenue and number of new rural customers, Kenya Source: KPLC, 1997, 2001/2; Republic of Kenya, 2003 02_renewable energy -overview 36 13/4/04 11:48 am Page 36 RENEWABLES AND RURAL ENERGY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA In particular, the emphasis on grid electrification is one that needs detailed assessment.

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