During the 21st edition of the Future Energy East Africa in Nairobi, ESI Africa spoke with Rebekah Shirley, chief research officer at Power for All, to gauge whether centralised and decentralised models can co-exist.

With no hesitation to the concept, Shirley’s response to the question was that “absolutely the models can complement each other”, adding that this would be the key to solving energy access in sub-Saharan Africa.

Eighty per cent of those living without access to power in sub-Saharan Africa live in rural communities “so fundamentally if we’re talking about energy access we’re talking about rural electrification,” Shirley highlighted.

She points out that these models could unlock a lot of opportunities in terms of job creation.

Watch the full interview above as Shirley highlights some of the wins of collaboration between the power models.

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