Solar Power for Africa? Donor Nations Can’t Just Toss Money at the Challenge.


Alongside a heightened global focus on reducing carbon emissions is this challenging reality of human well-being: An estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity.

So it’s not surprising that, from Washington to Beijing, experts and policy makers are brainstorming ways to provide developing countries with access to clean energy. And they’re finding that the hurdles go well beyond developing the right energy technologies or gathering initial seed money to start deploying them.


What’s especially needed, some development experts say, is to nurture the market conditions that, country by country, can allow clean energy from wind farms to off-grid solar systems to grow and thrive.

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