Podcast: Where next for the off-grid solar industry?

News from CDC
13 December 2017

More than 1.2 billion people in the world live without access to electricity. It's an issue that's holding back development. The World Bank estimates that, with reliable power, African economies could be growing up to two percentage points faster every year.

The emergence of off-grid solar systems used by homes and small businesses is beginning to address the issue of access to energy. These systems typically consist of a solar panel and battery, which powers a set of lights, a phone charger and radio. Whilst the off-grid industry has grown massively in recent years, how much further can it go and what barriers to the companies in the industry face?

In this podcast, we speak to three people working in the sector:

  • Jesse Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of M-Kopa
  • Laura Sundblad, who works on access to finance at GOGLA - the Global Off-Grid Lighting Assocation
  • Geoff Manley, Investment Director at CDC and the person leading our off-grid solar strategy

You can listen to the podcast on this player on our SoundCloud or iTunes channels. 

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About CDC

CDC Group plc is the UK’s development finance institution.  Wholly owned by the UK Government, it invests in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with the aim of supporting economic development to create jobs.  CDC takes a flexible approach and provides capital in all its forms, including equity, debt, mezzanine and guarantees, to meet businesses’ needs and achieve development impact.  CDC has net assets of £4.8bn.

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