The Village Projects Website will be a ‘clearinghouse’ for information
from all over the world on current projects engaged in rural electrification, poverty alleviation and social entrepreneurism in the poorest countries. Quoting from Columbia University, Earth Institute:
“In many countries, rural electrification rates have remained in the single digits. Plans to extend the electricity grid have often not accounted for the population distribution or the needs of social institutions such as schools and health centers. Decentralized options such as solar PV, which may be cost-effective in remote and sparsely populated areas-have been marginalized. Coordination across sectors, a national perspective, and a longer planning horizon (e.g. 10 years or more) are needed to rapidly and cost-effectively scale-up rural access to electricity.”
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