Off-Grid Solar Energy Sector Ready to Step Up Efforts Towards Sustainable Energy
Leading off-grid solar energy companies, governments, development partners, and investors attended Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo (GOGSFE) and agreed to further grow the off-grid solar market. The renewed commitment will accelerate progress towards universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy by 2030.
The more than 1,250 participants from 75 countries attending this year’s Forum called for more collaboration and investments to provide sustainable energy for the 840 million people currently living without electricity and an estimated 1 billion people who live with weak grid connections.
This year’s event was co-hosted by the Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Energy and was officially opened by H.E. The President of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta.
Over 85 exhibitors showcased their products and services at the event, highlighting off-grid solar as a power tool to reduce CO2 emissions, improve health and education, create jobs and income opportunities, helping consumers save money and improving their quality of life.
The conference dialogue was built around the findings of the 2020 Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report, released at the outset of the meeting. A joint Lighting Global-GOGLA initiative, the report finds that the industry has grown to a USD 1.75 billion market, currently serving 420 million customers.
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