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CSU helping to establish electricity in East Africa

by Christin VanZant last modified Oct 21, 2016 03:52 PM
Contributors: Colorado State University Africa Center
CSU has assembled a team including engineering, agriculture, business, social science and economics to tackle more than just electrification, but electrification coupled with holistic development of these remote rural communities. CSU is engaging heavily in Rwanda to make these solutions a reality, including shared laboratory facilities and a cross-disciplinary R&D program.

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Can you imagine life without access to electricity? Worldwide, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity. In East Africa alone electricity does not reach 620 million people – fully two-thirds of the population. Many of these people can be served using off-grid electricity solutions, which are rapidly becoming more cost competitive than grid extension. However, by reviewing past off-grid efforts, CSU has learned that electrification often fails for a combination of technical and non-technical reasons.



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