While each country in Africa is in a different state of electrification, this Note focuses on the nations of Tanzania and Kenya. Comparatively, in the First World, power generation was a gradual and non-linear process that was slow to perfect. This Note argues that the lack of rural electrification in sub-Saharan Africa will continue without a confluence of investment, support, and regulation. Renewable energy sources (such as solar, wind, and geothermal) seem promising, but none are without their own limitations. The use of mini-grids will play an important role in electricity access for sub-Saharan Africa. This Note advocates that the combined use of renewable energy sources and mini-grids integrated with support from private and public sectors, government sponsorship, and international, as well as locally-sourced, investment is the key to providing electricity to over ten percent of the world’s population.



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