Energy access and just transition
More than 35% of Africans still live in extreme poverty, while 600 million people on the continent lack access to reliable energy to meet their basic needs. The lack of reliable energy access further suppresses potential local opportunities that could positively elevate the continents socio-economic wellbeing, especially in rural areas. Our work on energy access covers the following activity areas:
- Green jobs modelling by renewable energy type: Energy access is critical for catalysing job creation, due to the opportunities that arise from increased economic activity, improved human wellbeing. It’s therefore important to assess which types of renewable energy sources yield the highest potential for job creation, specifically at the community and or household level. The job creation potential will be assessed for jobs linked to the value chain and how the systems are being used for specific economic activities.
- Impact assessment: We develop tools and systems to assess the equity and distributional implications of energy access in vulnerable communities gender, age and income groups. The impact assessment focuses on the different types of off-grid solutions (solar home systems, micro-grids and mini-grids) and intersectionality (gender, class, age and race).
- Business models and blended finance for the just transition: This is an assessment of the RE market to unpack the opportunities and barriers for scaling up off-grid deployment. The aim of this component will be the development of blended finance models for RE systems under different scenarios (e.g. different business models, interest rates, retail tariffs, etc.) with the ultimate vision of creating greater private investment. This component will also provide a policy recommendations on regulatory changes or options that simulate greater RE deployment and private-sector operators.
- Policy prototyping and community engagement (dialogue): This activity will identify and characterize policies required to support a just transition at multiple levels from grassroots to the national and regional level institution(s) to deliberately promote diversity and inclusion. This will involve conducting a series of dialogues, both at the community level and nationally and development of policy briefs to inform evidence-based policy for a just transition. Engaging with policymakers both at the local level, will raise awareness and build capacity on just transition issues.