Turning the power on for 1.1 billion people: the role of off-grid solar solutions in meeting the needs of underserved households

Wednesday, April 5th: 15:00 - 16:00 - Media Room


Building on the success of solar lighting, larger off-grid solar systems are reaching an increasing number of households. Many question, however, whether off-grid solutions can be a real alternative. This session will explore the energy needs, patterns and trajectories of off-grid households in developing countries, and determine what evidence is required to ensure we fulfill these needs with the most appropriate solutions. The panel will discuss which technology solutions can address specific customer needs; how entry level products can pave the way for larger capacity solar home systems and other electricity solutions; and, assess if and how households are moving up the ‘energy ladder’ and what can be done to accelerate this process.

Johanna Diecker Program Manager Enabling Environment GOGLA
Tom Derksen Managing Director SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
John Foye Labs Manager Fenix International
Grace Horwitz Associate Blue Haven
Arne Jacobson Director Schatz Energy Research Center
Jacob Lewandowski Senior Manager, Platform d.light