Global Solar Council wants 1 trillion mini-grids, 10 million solar jobs

Global Solar Council have a major goal by 2030:

  • 1 trillion mini-grids

  • 1 trillion home lighting systems

  • 1 trillion solar PV ports

  • 10 million jobs

Chairman of Global Solar Council and participant of CISOLAR 2018 Conference Pranav Mehta said it in interview of our partners pv magazine. He added that this is the primary dream of the Global Solar Council (GSC) and we shall achieve.

Pranav Mehta, stands left, next to Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of ISA

“We will soon shift gears – from large urban-centric utility-scale projects to mini-grids in far-flung areas where people still do not have access to electricity,” said Mehta.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), about 1 billion people - 14% of our planet's population - do not have access to electricity. This situation affects mainly the countries of Africa and Asia, as well as the countryside. Among the least developed countries such as Chad, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Sudan and others.

Photo: IEA

It is worth noting that for the first time ever, the total number of people without access fell below 1 billion according to new data from World Energy Outlook 2018. In particular, one of the greatest success stories in access to energy in 2018 was India completing the electrification of all of its villages.

With those people still living without access to electricity as its main target, the GSC is planning to bundle Africa with Russia in its action plan, where despite the potential, solar energy accounts for a paltry 0.03% of total energy production.

Pranav Mehta added, “We will step beyond the norm of setting/achieving big targets and focus primarily on the ‘spread’ of solar power so that all homes have access to solar energy”.

Among the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, Mehta identified Ukraine and Kazakhstan as the most proactive in terms of solar, with both countries having each set a 3 GW target for 2022.

By the way, at the CISOLAR 2018 Conference, the expert noticed the active development of solar energy in Ukraine.

Pranav Mehta on CISOLAR 2018 Conference Photo: CISOLAR 2018

“I see, Ukraine is a very big potential in solar energy industry”, said Pranav Mehta on CISOLAR 2018 Conference.

Learn about the main trends in solar energy in the world stage on the major event in the solar energy field - the 8th CISOLAR 2019 Solar Energy Conference and Trade Show in Central and Eastern Europe.

All information about CISOLAR 2019 here:

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