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2018-10-15. Solar power could electrify sub-Saharan Africa.

posted Oct 18, 2018, 5:37 PM by Alan Gould
By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley. [http://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/solar-power-could-electrify-sub-saharan-africa/] For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: Solar energy could be the key to providing low-cost, highly reliable energy to the roughly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who currently live without power, says new UC Berkeley research published today in Nature Energy. ...The research team analyzed 10 years of solar data from NASA to calculate the cheapest ways to build stand-alone solar energy systems. At current costs, they found that most regions in Sub-Saharan Africa can get 95 percent reliable power — meaning customers can use electricity from some combination of solar panels and batteries 95 percent of the time — for roughly 40 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Though this price is still higher than the price of energy from a grid, their model indicates that with future declines in the costs of decentralized systems, these prices may become competitive with the grid in many parts of the continent in less than a decade....