Read our latest publication: Transforming electricity access by replacing back-up generators with solar systems: Recent trends and evidence from Nigeria.

Read our latest publication: Transforming electricity access by replacing back-up generators with solar systems: Recent trends and evidence from Nigeria.

Raluca Dumitrescu, Senior consultant and head of ME – Consult in collaboration with Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP), TU Berlin has recently contributed to the publication of a research on replacing back-up generators with solar systems.

This paper provides a review of economic, technical and health issues in the process of replacing fossil fuel-based generators with stand-alone solar electricity systems; in addition, it provides case study evidence from a particularly important country in this respect, where solar-based systems are becoming an alternative – Nigeria. There is a vast amount of literature about technical-economic analyses of back-up fossil-fuel generators that has become increasingly critical over the last years. While diesel- and gasoline-based electricity generators are expensive in the long-run (accounting for fuel, operation, and maintenance) and have severe negative health impacts, in addition to contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, until recently they represented the only option for access to electricity in off-grid and weak-on-grid regions. To read the paper click here.