At least 110 million of the 600 million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas. Most are within a stone’s throw from existing power grid infrastructure.
Corruption among electricity service providers, power theft by customers and the establishment of electricity cartels also complicates and limits electricity access. The renewable energy sector recognises this under-the-grid market. In fact, about 35% of solar lighting product sales in Kenya are made in peri-urban areas. And it’s a good bet. Evidence shows that the willingness to pay for decentralised renewables is much higher than a grid connection because they are more reliable