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Title: Technical Potential of Solar Energy to Address Energy Poverty and Avoid GHG Emissions in Africa (Poster).
Author: Cowlin, S.; Heimiller, D.; Bilello, D.; Renne, D.
Pages/Volumes: 1 p.
Publication Year: 2008
Notes: Presented at the 2008 International Congress on Renewable Energy (ICORE), 16-17 October 2008, Chennai, India
Document Type: Poster Session
NTIS/GPO Number: 968949
Abstract: Approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity, and roughly 2.4 billion people rely on traditional biomass fuels to meet their heating and cooking needs. Lack of access to and use of energy - or energy poverty - has been recognized as a barrier to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other targeted efforts to improve health and quality of life. Reducing reliance on traditional biomass can substantially reduce indoor air pollution-related morbidity and mortality; increasing access to lighting and refrigeration can improve educational and economic opportunities. Though targeted electrification efforts have had success within Latin America and East Asia (reaching electrification rates above 85%), sub-Saharan Africa has maintained electrification rates below 25% (IEA 2004).
Accession Number: 44259
Library Notes: NPL-0912 REV
Report Numbers: PO-6A2-44259

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