Varun Sivaram on Benefits of Off-Grid Solar Power in Kenya



Professor Varun Sivaram spoke to PBS News Hour about the benefits of an off-grid solar system provided by the start-up company, M-KOPA in Kenya. According to Sivaram, payment through M-KOPA’s mobile app is essential for entrepreneurs to utilize the systems. As a result, entrepreneurs are able to make a living and contribute to the overall economic development of the country. However, Sivaram explains that this off-grid solar power will only be one-third of gains in energy access. The other two-thirds will have to come from central grid extensions. Look out for his Georgetown class in the video at (3:56).