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Distributed Infrastructure: A Solution to Africa’s Urbanization

Off-grid solutions might be the only way to stop Africa’s dangerous urbanization rate, before it reverses economic development

Kivomo is a beautiful village in the northern Gisaba district in Rwanda. The small community boasts 196 homes and 876 people. With extremely low incomes, most of the local population works in agriculture, growing and selling mostly beans, maize, and nuts. 30 homes in the village have been connected to electricity through solar home systems (SHS) in the past year by Ignite Power. “Before getting the light, we used pricy batteries-operated torches”, says Nyirarukundo Esperance, 43, the village leader. “People went to sleep with the sunset, students didn't have time to study and income was extremely low because we had…
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Yariv Cohen is the co-founder and CEO of Ignite Power, a company providing solar-based, life-enabling, distributed solutions across Africa. Yariv has been a part of the renewable energy sphere for the past two decades, scaling innovation globally to help build a sustainable, inclusive future.

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