Small-scale renewable energy solutions can play a vital role in poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability and economic development. Such systems can provide energy that is affordable to the poor and can be a source of employment and enterprise creation for both the rural and urban poor. There is a growing evidence to suggest that investment in small and medium-scale renewable energy projects may have strong impacts in improving the energy services for the majority of the population, especially the rural and urban poor. These projects can also play a vital role in minimising fuel imports by providing viable alternatives to thermal-based electricity.
Although there exists a significant potential for increasing the use of decentralized, modern and clean energy technologies in rural areas, it is being limited by several factors. On this background Norges Naturvernforbund wanted to hear from local NGOs in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania what experience they have with energy development projects and get their advice for future action. This cooperation has resulted in the report “Sustainable Energy Solutions in East Africa”.
Report on Sustainable Energy Solutions in East Africa.pdf, 542 Kb