Africa's potential to leapfrog ahead ... with renewables
The access to energy is one of the cornerstones for social and economic development and poverty alleviation.
In the rural areas of some African countries, the share of people with access to modern energy services is as low as 1 percent. In order to reach these rural poor, sustainable concepts for energy services will have to be developed.
By now, many renewable energy technologies have reached competitive levels with conventional energy sources; they provide social stability through local empowerment and public participation, and protect the environment.