Addressing the energy paradox in Africa

Approximately 600-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. This is particularly true in rural areas. Around 63% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is rural, of which only 19% has access to energy, compared to over 60% of the urban population. However, if current energy access trends continue, there will still be 655-million people in Africa without access to power in 2030. To date, the government’s preferred approach to addressing electricity access in Africa has been through large-scale grid rollout programmes. For people living in rural areas – often with no grid nearby – this approach is not only impractical but also unsustainable in the long term. For this reason, Africa’s rural population are better off turning to alternative off-grid solutions for their energy needs. Schneider Electric has placed access to energy at the heart of its company strategy, where sustainability forms the basis of all of its key objectives and indicators.

Contact Zanelle Dalglish, Schneider Electric, Tel: 011 254-6400,



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