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Minigrids seen as answer for 620m Africans without power

Major firms are building them to distribute power to villages instead of whole nations

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Candles light products as shopkeepers wait for customers during a load-shedding electricity blackout in Cape Town. Africa's needs for power are immense. Consumption per capital is less than what's needed to keep a 50-watt lightbulb going continuously.

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POWER grids that work at a fraction of the scale of a traditional utility have gained support from banks and developers as a way to bring power to the 620 million people across Africa that lack access to electricity.

From Kenya to Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania, companies

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