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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

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.


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